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Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I jokingly have been interested in trying to define "sport." I have toyed with a definition that requires objectivity in scoring and determining winners. Thus, if it is about objective questions such as who runs faster or who scores more points, it is a sport; if it is about getting a 5.6 from the East German judge, it is not a sport.
But John L. Jackson, an anthropologist at Penn's Annenberg School identifies three necessary conditions:
1) There must be a ball or ball-like object that organizes everyone's attention.
Everything that does not possess all three elements is not a sport. it is a contest, a game of skill, an athletic competition, but it is not a sport,
Jackson put this out there to suggest that much of what we focus in during the Olympics is not, in fact, sport, including the privileged Olympic events such as track and field and swimming. His broader point is that the Olympics really is not about sport; it is about non-sport athletic competition--not the same thing.
-- Posted by Howard Wasserman @ Comments (29) -- Post a Comment 5/06/2008 11:04:00 PM --