Is it becoming like the packaged entertainment conceived to sit in a slot on TV and “entertain” the masses? I hope not. For these “packages” are, to me, nothing more than carriers of a certain thought, a certain ideal a certain projection that manifestes itself into the minds of the viewers. Day in, day out, that same thought is projected out across every station, every movie, every show, every area that captures the imagination of people.
It “Captures the imagination”. We all use this phrase to mean to be intrigued by, to interest or to stimulate. But what if we use the more visible or real meaning?
Capture = To take captive, seize or gain possession or control of.
Imagination = the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts, the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.
So our ability of the mind to create and be resourcefull is taken captive, seized and controlled.It stares us in the face and we do not even realise it. No wonder then that even a simple game is also likely to be “packaged” like the rest of the “entertainment” made specially to “entertain” us.
But who is it that defines entertainment? Of course it is the owners of the media, they want to insure maximum viewers to watch these advertisements between which the “packaged” bundles of “entertainment” are transmitted.
They are after all paying mucho money for the privilege of transmitting the football. Why on earth do they get to decide terms, changing schedules to fit their own? There are surely many others out there who would gladly buy the rights to the games and just show the games, without any hidden agendas, without trying to make it “entertaining”, just letting the sport of the game speak for itself. Or are they? I wonder. They probably won’t have that amount of money though.
BT seems to be the new boy on the block, after Sky had dominated for so long with little rivalry and it took much money to gain that status of even being a threat to Sky. Let us see if the new money to the clubs do really help to improve football and keep it a game that we can all enjoy, and not for it to degenerate to some form of sport resembling Rollerball (1975 + 2002), anyone remember that? I do not even want to admit I watched them, I feel a little shamed, but I was young then is my only excuse. 🙂
Ok, sometimes in some games in the PL I have the strange feeling that they are masterminds of scripting to achieve a certain result in order to keep the interest in the PL on TV or should I say ratings up all the way to the last game of the season. We all know those games. Games when the refs, the pundits, the commentators and even the players in the game just seem to be all following the same script. We shrug it of and say naw, it couldn’t be, could it?
Then we forget it and go about our business. The only comfort we have is that those pundits who predict the outcome of games all seem to get it wrong week after week, and they are supposed to be experts aren’t they? If they knew something, they would surely make better predictions, if only for pride. Maybe they are not allowed to, after all they do work for the various tv stations and newspapers, which are in reality many arms of the one beast called Media. Who knows?
I think the media prevents fairness happening in the game. If deliberate I cannot tell. They do not highlight the ref decisions, they even go so far as to hide and cover up bad decisions by refs and by players. “We cannot allow the kids to think he wanted to injure him”. Heaven forbid. Yet in our hearts we know that he did want to, and the fact is, we cannot fool the kids anyway. So the kids get influenced that this is how it is and copy this example in their games.
This in my view will never allow the sport to improve, much less the refs. Of course we do not want rants and raves at the ref, but valid criticism presented in a decent way is more productive than hiding it from all. The youth watching will get an insight into refereeing and what is right and wrong in the game. The players and public will too. No matter how rebel the youth appear, they still all follow the adult’s examples in the end, whether they want to or not. This is a fact.
Funny thing is, just last week I came across a programme about refs, it was before a game I was going to watch. It appeared to be quite good, (mind you I did not see it from the start), but it appeared to highlight the refs and how difficult it is to get a decision right, especially the offside one. I must admit I was captivated for a moment until I remembered “agenda, agenda”.
I have noticed that many post-game player interviews are not really worth watching. They all seem to say the same thing week after week depending on the player’s age. Even the managers all say the same thing when questioned and usually only in a different way. This is a sort of censorship preventing the managers from questioning anything in public. OK ok, in the heat of the moment probably not a good thing immediately after the game, but later in the press conference when they have cooled down 🙂 and are rational again, why not?
At the moment only our own Arsene Wenger and that guy from Chel$ seem to defy the media both in their own little way. One with a cheeky grin and stern words or no words as the case may be, the other with his bold and challenging way, which I might add, has cost him a tidy sum. He obviously can afford it, and thinks it is worth it. Mind you our own AW also got fined a few times when the association flexed it’s muscles to show who is boss.
I for one want to see natural football, where a yellow card is a rare occurrence and red ones are so rare that children have to ask dad’s about them. 🙂 It is not hard to imagine this scenario.
Child: Dad, what’s a red card?
Dad: It was like a yellow card, but the player gets sent off.
Chid: But one team will have less men, that’s not fair.
Dad: That was how it was in those days my son.
Child: It must have tough times indeed dad, I’m glad you managed to survive them.
Just think of the many injuries that have disabled and ended careers, causing much disruption and probably some hidden resent too. The only way to do that is to practice what we all posture. Love , love, love is what we constantly hear, everywhere we go. Yet when we look there seems to be the opposite, hate, hate, hate.
If everyone really did “love” everyone, then I imagine footballers would train so hard to achieve the skill to avoid injury of a fellow player. The rules would make it clear that injuries will not be accepted whether deliberate or accidental and will be punished. After all there is no difference in the result because it just so happens that the intention is different? Players will just learn to be more careful and skilled when tackling. This will permeate throughout the game and make it better.
Some may well condemn this as utopia, but if we want to get there we are going to have start walking, it will not come to us, we have to go there, and it starts in our minds (oh we got that part) and then it must transform to our actions, all of us not just some of us.
Then we will realise that football has become the beautiful game again. Alongside that we will realise that the world too has become beautiful for all again.
And above all, ARSENAL will maintain its place as the greatest football club EVER.