Paper Title

[2.2] Not just bread and circuses: Spectator sport in the era of mass media as a potent tool for preparing viewers to support the perpetual wars of late capitalism.

Location

AE 263

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Other Film and Media Studies | Sociology of Culture

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Spectator sports capture the time and attention of millions of viewers every day. For most, sports are viewed through electronic media. This is an unprecedented opportunity for molding attitudes globally. How can watching spectator sports contribute to the development of attitudes that support war? To what extent are nationalist and military themes introduced in sports presentations? Who pays for patriotic and military displays at sports events? What wars require promotion to increase war-acceptance? Who benefits from the inculcation of war-acceptance? These are questions I will address briefly through review of evidence and images that reveal a growing association between spectator sports and patriotic militarism.

Comments

This presentation is intended to provoke reflection on spectator sport in mass media.

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[2.2] Not just bread and circuses: Spectator sport in the era of mass media as a potent tool for preparing viewers to support the perpetual wars of late capitalism.

AE 263

Spectator sports capture the time and attention of millions of viewers every day. For most, sports are viewed through electronic media. This is an unprecedented opportunity for molding attitudes globally. How can watching spectator sports contribute to the development of attitudes that support war? To what extent are nationalist and military themes introduced in sports presentations? Who pays for patriotic and military displays at sports events? What wars require promotion to increase war-acceptance? Who benefits from the inculcation of war-acceptance? These are questions I will address briefly through review of evidence and images that reveal a growing association between spectator sports and patriotic militarism.