sports and the “history industry”

“the olympics is over. let history be recorded.”

truly, history has lost all meaning if even sports are able to “make it.” either history no longer has any meaning, or it truly has come to an end.

nowhere is the aggressive and violent nature of man more visible than in sport and its spectators. nowhere is it more refined.

just as fashion preserves the vestiges of cyclical time in feminine form, so sports is the masculine form of “menstruation;” the purging of excessive creative potential, which is superfluous because not utilized.

if “history is made” through sport, it is not any longer with human hands. in this sense, in addition to culture and meaning, we are seeing a “history industry,” an “industrially produced history” emerge. the sole purpose is to “make history” appear, to “produce” history. that there is such a demand for “history” in this sense attests to the mass production (of statistics, of merchandise, of images, etc.) and general lack of depth we observe around such “historical events.”

the libidinal investment in sports, in setting “records” as “history,” is like a pissing contest or flying to the moon. what do they think they will find up there that they can not find here? (Naked.)

the perversity of sports is strictly analogous to the obsession with youth; at once desirable and forbidden, athletes enter professional sports at younger ages. is this also not a form of bodily prostitution, albeit an asexual one? but nonetheless, the child-athlete is condemned to a life of performance in place of childhood. perhaps the days are not far off when birth itself will be seen as an athletic feat, the mothers having eaten nothing but fast-food for the term of their pregnancy (super size me), the birth being worthy of record in the annals of historicity. i am sure all of the majour fast food corporations would relish such an opportunity to promote an endorsement from the time an athlete is born: a lifetime contract of servitude to un-health.

one last analogy may be drawn between sex and “the making of history” through sport. here we cannot ignore the militaristic roots of athletic competition, or the ultimate purpose of warfare, of which sex is a by-product. competition is a result of conflict, but, once engaged, warfare is a way to stave off boredom, as are sports. in warfare, the occurrence of rape and other crimes of a sexual nature are well known; the same is true in sports: initiation rituals, sexual abuse of younger “players” by older ones, cheer-leaders, a team of players perhaps raping a prostitute for an evening’s amusement, a well earned reward for a hard won victory … it is the age old formula: the soldier and the whore. “we like the boys with the bullet proof vests / we like the girls with the cellophane chests” (Beck).

we’d be better off in the porno theater.

[none should mistake me. i am an athlete, though not a professional one. i play basketball, cycle, rock-climb, and swim as recreations. i prefer to do, not to watch. i have interests outside of athletics.]

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3 responses to “sports and the “history industry”

  1. You must be in great shape to do all the sports you mention. Like, you, I prefer to do but am unable to do much of anything because of age and when I was young, did most sports except was a failure at anything involving a “team”—–even though I was good at everything I tried except swimming.
    From reading your piece, I have to conclude, whether you agree or not, that almost all team sports and war are also a safe place in which to indulge in male homosexuality without guilt. I did and not once in my considerable sexual pairings with men, did I ever feel any guilt and with the military, the same.
    I used to think that I was homophobic and sleeping with heterosexual men was part of all of our masculinity and a thing which was never mentioned later.Another thing, what in the world feels better than coming and it is really inexpensive. The Greeks had a word for it, I’m sure.

  2. Actually, I didn’t make my comment for publication, but rather to agree with you and ALL Olympics and waste of money which is mostly testosterone driven and I really liked your summation of what these four year “baby wars” signify. The carry over of male hormones even make the women participants peculiarly masculine and, face it, most of the events except for the ice skating began producing female track stars and an interest in chromosomes and the X’s and Y counts where the beauty of the female form is rarely mentioned except when gauzy fabrics are part of the attire.
    As for sending comments, the one I sent you was the first after signing on, and I do not want to be sending personal addresses over the internet because I tend to be bold and contreversial in my opinions even when it comes to discussing sex, as you read.
    I did respond via RSS and hope I maintained some privacy and if you would tell me what I should check or uncheck, it would be appreciated. Otherwise, I do not really care to see the village people with torches at my front door.

  3. I read that suggestion and am trying to say I don’t care if you have my info………You are a find in this world of idiots.
    It is impossible to describe how I fell into a black hole of people talking about Dancing with stars and other junk.
    As long as I got this far, I wonder if I just hit REPLY” to your email, it it will be private or all these people will hear me say bad things about them..not all…….just 2704505

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