Jockpocalypse: How the Worst Values of Sports Took Over America

by Robert Lipsyte  edited by O Society July 1, 2019 A half-century ago, the sporting Cassandras predicted that the worst values and sensibilities of our increasingly corrupted civic society would eventually affect our sacred games: football would become a gladiatorial meat market, basketball a model of racism, college sports a paradigm of commercialization, and Olympic … Continue reading Jockpocalypse: How the Worst Values of Sports Took Over America

How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

Chris Hedges interviews Matt Taibbi  Truthdig edited by O Society June 11, 2019 https://youtu.be/8_vla4l-AX8 In the latest episode of "On Contact," host and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone for a two-part series on American media, which Hedges calls a "purveyor of hate." They explore the ways in which Fox … Continue reading How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

‘Sports Illustrated’ model Camille Kostek told to adjust her measurements

by Kerry Justich Yahoo! News May 10, 2019 Now Playing 0:35 Camile Kostek was told to change her measurements Camille Kostek just landed the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But it wasn’t long ago she was told to change her body if she wanted a chance at a modeling career. A former NFL cheerleader, Kostek struggled to … Continue reading ‘Sports Illustrated’ model Camille Kostek told to adjust her measurements

The Way Americans Worship Sports Heroes Versus the Way We Treat Intellectuals Speaks Volumes About US

The difference between the way Americans regard athletes versus “intellectuals” is a touchstone for how we see ourselves by Kareem Abdul Jabbar Guardian edited by O Society April 17, 2019 On 19 April 1980, more than 50,000 Parisians marched through the streets to mourn the loss of one of their own. Was it for a famous … Continue reading The Way Americans Worship Sports Heroes Versus the Way We Treat Intellectuals Speaks Volumes About US

Whatever Trump Is Playing, It Isn’t Golf

The sport means a lot to Trump—which hasn’t stopped him from cheating outrageously at it. by  Rick Reilly Atlantic edited by O Society April 11, 2019 More than any wife, more than any party, more than any opinion, President Donald Trump has remained fiercely loyal to golf. But I’ve played golf my entire life. Years ago, … Continue reading Whatever Trump Is Playing, It Isn’t Golf

They Had It Coming

The parents indicted in the college-admissions scandal were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs. written by Caitlin Flanagan Atlantic edited by O Society April 7, 2019 Sweet Christ, vindication! How long has it been? Years? No, decades. If hope is the thing with feathers, I … Continue reading They Had It Coming

Celebrity Branding & Bullshit

by DAVID MACARAY CounterPunch Jan 24, 2019 Even though I’ve long ago forgotten the brand name and baseball player, I vividly recall the the conversation. When I was about nine years old, still too young to shave, I walked in on my father who was shaving in front of the bathroom mirror. Being inordinately inquisitive when … Continue reading Celebrity Branding & Bullshit