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Are Sporting Heroes Really Superior?

Posted by on July 26, 2008

Sport has been a career option since ancient times and chariot racing, but what in the human complex has caused humans to be so fascinated with watching such activities, as opposed to more mental stimulation? In South Korea, they have turned playing video games into a celebrity affair, and the best gamers in the country are well known. Given how being seen as a geek is no longer seen as being an unpopular activity, does that mean there will be openings for other new “celebrity” activities in the future that are related to geek activities?

Personally I am not a fan of watching sport, and I can’t understand why watching such activities on television warrants such high pay cheques for the “best of the best.” More so than the “best of the best” in most fields. Would a computer programmer ever be able to build up a per annum pay cheque in the millions? What if we watched the programmer writing his program on the television?

I suppose watching someone actually writing a computer program is not particularly interesting, but playing with programs and seeing them in action, and how they benefit the community/society/etc, on the other hand, can be. Whilst there may be awards for such feats, they are not as publicly recognised as, say, the Oscars. Even video games don’t get an awards night on TV despite the fact the video game industry makes more money than the film industry.

Personally I do think the next step to geek popularity is to overrun the sporting celebrity status. We could have competitions of geeks vs athletes on television, and let the world decide just which lifestyle choice renders a person properly superior. Mind vs Physicalities. Quite possibly even intelligence vs appearance. Because whilst many sporting “heroes,” particularly those in every type of football (Aussie Rules, soccer, American and so forth) may appear buff and therefore also attractive, are they also exercising their minds? How much of a role model can they be for our children? There are countless examples of drug use by these people now.

So that’s what I’d like to see – a grand, world competition, broadcast on public television, that tests geeks and sporting heroes on multiple areas that play to both their strengths and weaknesses, and we can have a reality TV style vote where the public decides exactly what kind of person they would prefer to not only see on TV, but be a role model for future generations.

Personally? I’d be supporting the geeks. But then I am one. I am also involved in quite a lot of geeky activities and pursuits where a lot of people, I think, would agree. But maybe I am presuming such things given the praise I have recently received for writing PHP programs to cut down hours of work in a community for activities that had previously been done by hand. I am proud of my mind, and I would not give it up even if it meant I could be a sporting hero.

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

4 Responses to Are Sporting Heroes Really Superior?

  1. Siobhan

    SBS combined the two (geeks and sports) with their reality series “Nerds FC” and it was fantastic. I can lend you the DVDs if you like!

  2. Chris

    I’m not entirely sure why, but I have this urge to watch Revenge of the Nerds again 🙂 Booger is my hero 😉

    PS: I wanted to be in Nerds FC 🙁

  3. Siobhan

    Maybe they’ll make a 3rd series? It seemed to be a pretty popular concept – would love to see the original Danish version.

  4. Chris

    Hopefully … my problem is that I only ever find out about these things once they’re already on TV 🙁

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