Come, that’s Capital! or, harbingers of wasted time pt II

Take, say, sports — that’s another crucial example of the indoctrination system, in my view. For one thing because it — you know, it offers people something to pay attention to that’s of no importance, that keeps them from worrying about things that matter to their lives that they might have some idea of doing something about. And in fact it’s striking to see the intelligence that’s used by ordinary people in [discussions of] sports [as opposed to political and social issues]. I mean, you listen to radio stations where people call in — they have the most exotic information and understanding about all kind of arcane issues.

– some interview with Chomsky


I can’t claim to have any information or understanding about this topic, but I am experiencing a peculiar strain of nationalism: Capitals mania.

Last season the rag tag Mighty Ducks Capitals went up against their hated enemies the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins were sleek, clad in black, mechanically precise with their movements on the ice. The Caps were clad in American flag colors, full of gusto and charm, if perhaps rough around the edges. So obviously this confrontation was sufficiently sports-movie-esque to get me interested in sports for pretty much the first time ever.

Now hockey season has begun anew and the Post recently published a magnificently detailed NHL page to get suckers like me primed for it. Hockey has even entered my morning routine: once I look through the style and front page sections of the Post, I head right down to sports for Tarik el-Bashir’s daily Capitals updates. Will newly acquired veteran Mike Knuble work out as planned? Will Ovechkin continue live up to the ever-escalating hype? Eep!


One Response to “Come, that’s Capital! or, harbingers of wasted time pt II”

  1. tincolor Says:

    I remember watching “Manufacturing Consent,” at St. A’s in which Chomsky says something similar. I seem to remember him equating people watching sports with savage animals, maybe I’m making that up though. You should check out my blog . It’s funny, yesterday I made a similar post.

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