Sunday, December 23, 2007

Unsolved mysteries
Such as grown men’s obsession with sport
...people for whom spectator sports are their raison d’être are puzzling. José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1956) was right to cite spectator sports as one of the phenomena associated with the Mass Man.
Of course it goes back at least to Roman times: panem et circenses or ‘Hey, look, proles, a distraction!’

From Chronicles curmudgeon Clyde Wilson via Joshua Snyder.

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