Delivering the male—and more

Fandom and media sport

Authored by: Toby Miller

The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  December  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415527699
eBook ISBN: 9780203066911
Adobe ISBN: 9781135076955


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Sport and the media have long exercised anxious minds keen to control unruly populations. A millennium ago, John of Salisbury warned that juggling, mime, and acting had negative impacts on “unoccupied minds … pampered by the solace of some pleasure … to their greater harm” (quoted in Zyvatkauskas 2007: 18). A few centuries later, Edward Said was equally concerned by such temptations:

Consciousness of sports, with its scores and history and technique and all the rest of it, is at the level of sophistication that is almost terrifying … investment is being made in those things that distract you from realities that are too complicated.

(Said 1993: 23)

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