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I can not get what it means to "found one's claim to something".

For example:

Television’s ‘peculiar form of presentness’ founds its triumphal claims to immediacy

Source: Communication Theory; Media, Technology and Society belonging to David Holmes

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To find one's claim to X means for one to achieve something that would make others say that one is X.

She finally found her claim to fame in her acting abilities

"Claim to fame" is the first thing that comes to my mind with this.

So:

Television’s ‘peculiar form of presentness’ finds its triumphal claims to immediacy

It is saying that a 'peculiar form of presentness' is something that television has achieved, and that, as a result, television has a "claim to immediacy." So television's 'peculiar form of presentness' is something that makes others/everyone say "this is immediate."

Compared to former media delivery methods, such as newspapers and books (interesting that it doesn't consider radio, though), television makes people wait less for information - therefore making people turn to television to know what is happening right now - and that's probably what the sentence is trying to say.


If your original sentence is really "founds its triumphal claims to immediacy" - to found (past tense founded) means to start an institution or foundation, or to create the root of a great change lasting generations. I don't hear found to claim very often but it may be an intentional play on words.

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  • I thank both of you for your precious contributions Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 2:58
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founds=establishes. So television's "peculiar sense of presentness" establishes its claim to immediacy.

However, this is nearly a tautology, because "presentness" is a near-synonym for immediacy. The sentence is babble and bloviation, puffery, piffle, balderdash.

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