Is "sports" today's equivalent of "bread and circuses"?
If your answer is "no", then when was the last time you wrote to an elected official about issues or attended a political event or similarly got involved directly with government vs. when was the last pro/semi pro sports event you attended or watched on TV?
Sports stars are just another soap opera there to entertain the brainwashed brain dead masses, while governments sell our labour, land, & resources to the highest bidder..The reactors are still on full melt down & out of control in Japan, & they've just spent 10's of billions on the football world cup in Brazil..The UK is rising against our corrupt government & legal system, & we are fighting back..Millions of people turn up every week to watch millionaires "play", & "pay" them even more money, & hardly anyone turns up to an anti war protest so like i say the masses are clearly brainwashed..People are becoming arm chair spectators to life, & would sooner pay & watch someone else having fun on T.V. :-(
This is so true it hurts! If only we could get the hundreds of thousands who go to a mass sporting event to get behind a peace march and petitioning. TV is the greatest placating device ever invented.
Don't worry about "the hundreds of thousands" syzygyastro, just be proud of yourself for being aware..No matter what "the hundreds of thousands" think, we know better.."We're" the one's that's really living life, & the proof is because we care.
No and yes. Television in general is today's equivalent of "bread and circuses". Political leaders give vast sums every election year to networks to buy airtime for ads. That's one reason why there is no real political investigative journalism in the US. The only thing the networks do is report on what politicians say and the networks report over and over on subjects that are deliberately leaked or have already reached the surface through other media. That is the buyer-seller relationship between television and American political leaders.
Aside from that, the networks are only trying to make money in selling ad space to other companies. So they try to show watchable programming to attract a large audience. That way they can charge more money to companies that want to advertise. As it happens, with streaming, Netflix (and the like) and the ability to prerecord shows to skip the commercials, the types of programming have had to evolve in order to keep companies interested in buying ad space. News shows, sporting events and reality shows that require audience voting and participation are programs where the audience at home cannot really pre-record the shows or skip the commercials. So those are growing in the TV world. The commercial breaks on those types of programs are getting longer. Football, for example, is basically one giant commercial interspersed with a few plays in a chopped-up game.
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