Contemporary confederacies of dunces now coalesce around very stable genius it seems..
‘Thoughts and prayers’ for weeks of his whining and not our wailing from his winning..
Food food thought..
It’s surreal to look at the many panels in Chris’s comic and realize how little hyperbole there actually is in his depictions.. I knew Trump would be an utter failure as a president and a disaster for our nation and the world, but still I did not grasp the ghoulish horror of his incompetence nor the depths of his depraved narcissism..
What shocks me most is the level of support that his abomination of an administration still enjoys among my ‘fellow Americans’.. I think the pollsters, despite their efforts to make sure they are not repeating their 2016 blindside, are not getting out into the the nooks and crannies behind the woodwork where support for Agent Orange is still festering.. and as we’ve become socially distant these areas have become simultaneously harder to find and more virulent.
On the other teeny tiny end of the spectrum the .00001 percenters who ate directly benefitting from the troughs and tranches now holding trillions in unsupervised funds are flush and frisky..
This is to say nothing of the second back to school wave that will ride up on top of the third election wave and likely crest in the beginning of the flu season, along with what are very likely to be bitterly disputed election results..
It’s going to be a helluva ride to late January 2021..
I’ll assume this is addressed to my comments in this thread, apologies if not..
I made two general arguments in my replies to fritzoid, neither of which include assertion that there’s a problem with watching those who are excellent in their sports nor that I or others who similarly assert are superior to anyone who watches/follows sports.
I gladly support by watching golf instructional videos. I often watch cooking programs to learn new ideas for my (now) daily cooking.
I may watch golf how to videos and programs that educate about how the foods we eat are grown, but I most assuredly do not watch the myriads of ‘championship’ golf tournaments that are nothing more than vehicles for financial services providers to put their names in front of pretty vistas and subliminally influence the country club set as they doze off in their leather recliners any more than I would watch the tarted up cooking conflict crap masquerading as cooking shows on commercial TV.
I think we might need to get beyond the disingenuous naivete of conflating sports and media conglomerate produced sports spectacle to avoid talking across each other, what do you think…? Or do you want to assert that the gargantuan marketing juggernauts that have taken over every sport that they can sell to advertisers has been a good thing for those sports…?
Watching the very best in sport excel in competitive events is something that has been recognized as a highly valuable social good by every society since at least t the preHellenic Greek city states.. But that is not actually what you and I are talking about, and we all know it.
What we are talking about is is the modern marketing confectionery that serves up ‘must watch’ entertainment shot through with advertising and based on sporting events that are perversions of the sport that they purport to celebrate.
This has direct and deleterious effects on the sports and the communities where real people actually want to play them, as I’ve said above
Thanks for the timely reminder to read Pearls Before Swine :)
I’m most certainly not characterizing TV as all or nothing. TV is a form of media, and, like all other forms of media, it has certain properties. Unlike paper or even the the internet, television channels are chronologically controlled by by the content curators.. You may change to another channel, you may attempt to slew through a buffer of the channel, but you do not turn the page or click another link.. Google attempts to force those who still haven’t abandoned Chrome onto the YouTube app exactly to restore thus type of control over viewers.
This doesn’t mean that we should avoid TV entirely, any more than we should avoid YouTube entirely.. But just as we should entirely avoid algorithmic queueing on YouTube, Farcebook (if you must use such creepiness), etc., we should always be aware of the curators ’intentions when watching highly produced TV spectacles..
Although TV cannot observe your viewing habits and is therefore less nefarious, the old adage of “if it bleeds it leads” applies. What I’m saying is that, my arguments about the relative benefit to oneself and one’s community (which I stand by) aside, the experience of say, watching your relatives children on the local access channel is a completely different experience from the billion dollar spectacles that claim to showcase sportsmanship but are really little beyond prowrestlingesque sports operatics designed to deliver eyeballs to high paying advertisers..
That changes everything, and, sorry, but that is no longer sport any more than what is called local news on TV is anything even resembling actual news. These industries have pushed deeper into the American psyche than their viewers are willing (able?) to admit…
There’s a reason why we have a reality show carnival barker as president. We should all think very carefully about the media we use and the motivation of the content providers… Our democracy depends on it.
Ending up on your pluggers page from the nude bowling program should win you an igNobel Darwin Award… Now that would be some guuuuud TV! ;)
I contrast them in the same way I would contrast home cooking and mega franchise fast food.
You can have your dinner at home, learning to cook and enjoying the results or you can drive thru a minimum wage microwave in a box and eat whatever landed in the wrapper in your car.. Free county and up to you.. but you’re well advised to move closer to the former and further from the latter.
In the exact same way, you can sit around and jawbone about other people playing sport on your TV and make the entertainment industry more profitable or you can actually get outside and actually do physical things with real people..
..again, free country, but I think we would all be better off if our fellow Americans had less fast food and did less vegetative mindless entertainment.
Sometimes snark is the least impolite way to get a point across ;)
I enjoy golf, it is one of the few things I can enjoy with my mother. I think the country club rules about jeans are silly, but it gives me a good reason to wear the most outlandish pants I have ;) Using a walking bag while my parents drive a cart lets everyone have a great time.. I’d have a tough time staying awake for a televised golf game..
Don’t get me wrong – I watch plenty of golf techniques for playing and stand there in front of the screen trying to learn.. I took up golf specifically for playing with my parents and the videos are the only way to get up to speed.. ..but vicariously rooting for some player I never met to win millions of advertising dollars over some other players I have never and will never meet? Don’t think so.
Your point is exactly it – the massive stadiums and grotesque payouts are only there because of advertising – and the advertisers are only there because of couch mushrooms.
Now, how much of those billions gets back to the local public golf course? The school ball parks? The local bikeshop? Yep, zilch.
If people want to watch the game with industrial snack products and see thru beer, well, it is still a free country (so far) , but please don’t try to equate that with sport. It’s empty entertainment, same as watching a movie, and the revenue goes to exactly the same types of overpriced celebrities.
I am not sure why anyone would think that I’m telling anyone what to enjoy, but I am perplexed as to how – or even why – anyone would attempt to equate passive consumption of media based on sports with actual sport… Two very different things with two very different outcomes.
Asa youth I saved all the money I ever made in part time jobs to buy my first racing bicycle. The fact that I was able to go wherever I wanted before I was able to drive a car alone would have kept me riding it, but what kept me in racing (which is at core just suffering on a bike) was meeting pro racers in person at races…
Bicycle races weren’t on the US sports marketers’ radar back then, so in person was the only option aside from magazines or truly terrible VHS dubs. I’m very grateful that I found my love for cycling then and not in the mass market televised era that gave us Lance Dopestrong..
I’m more of a ‘who gets there first’ than a ’who’s got the ball’ type but I believe in sports – LOCAL sports that is.. Kids playing organized sports together is a vital part of growing up to participate in social systems we all benefit from… Paying the very best players of those socially beneficial sports literally HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS so prediabetics can ferment on their sofas watching and yelling because the ones our town hired beat the ones your town hired…? Not so much.
Turn off the idiotbox, stop supporting the national franchises. Take all the (now useless) stadium funding and all the marketing revenue and all the asinine contracts and bonuses and put it to your local communities’ sports – we’d all be healthier and better citizens in better communities if we did..
The sad thing is that Mikey lives in a state where he is not much different than the governor.. the only administration that is handling covid with such utter incompetence that the Trump administration is criticizing them.. A quick look at the outcome will tell you how that’s going for them.. A quick look thru the northern suburbs of Atlanta will tell you how their crooked secretary of state managed to steal the governor race.. And why a Qanon blonde bimbo is about to be the representative from ole Mikey’s district up there..