Dystopian Warnings of How Sports are Used to Control the Masses

Aldous Huxley foresaw a future where the populace was drugged and sedated, never able to break through the mental fog of forced medication. H.G Wells spoke of the rise of arenas and the distraction of mass sports, suggesting that this type of foolishness was anathema to a free society.

Openhearted Rebel

By Isaac Davis, Waking Times 

The Superbowl is coming, and although the NFL has had a rough season, it is predicted to be the biggest television event of the year. In 2017, almost 112 million people tuned in to the annual event, a full third of the population of America. It’s big business.

In many ways, the dystopian nightmares of 20th century literature have become manifest in the 21st century.

Aldous Huxley foresaw a future where the populace was drugged and sedated, never able to break through the mental fog of forced medication. H.G Wells spoke of the rise of arenas and the distraction of mass sports, suggesting that this type of foolishness was anathema to a free society.

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6 thoughts on “Dystopian Warnings of How Sports are Used to Control the Masses

  1. What has changed since the days of the Roman gladiators? No ‘real’ lions on the football field to eat up the losing team? The script never needs to change because if it works, why change it?

    Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on these ‘sports arenas’ so that grown men can run with a ball and rough each other up, pay a measly fine for doing so, and keep right on busting each other up and sponsors pay millions for an ad lasting a few seconds, not to mention the advertisements in local grocery stores of the Superbowl snack menu and half-time food fest bargains.

    And many will pass by a homeless person on their way to that season ticket box at their local sports arena that’s named for a corporation. I never understood how that works; a corporation gets naming rights to a stadium built mostly by using taxpayer money. I have yet to see a stadium called, “Taxpayer Funded Stadium.”

    The money that this sport rakes in is astronomical especially when you include the jerseys, anything else relating to the team of choice, not to mention what the cost of food in the stadium is and all over a child’s playtime activity that’s been turned into an adult spectator sport with adults, themselves, turning into children, what with face paint, wigs, painted bare torsos and even tailgating parties.

    I cannot even recall the last time I even glanced at a football game in passing, much less sat still for the Superbowl and I damn sure as hell could not sit still for baseball nor basketball. I just don’t get it and I am glad I don’t get it. It’s just a shame that once again, I seem to be in the minority.

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    • Shelby, I was living in Seattle when the city blew up the Kingdome – which still wasn’t paid off – to build TWO sports arenas. one for baseball and one for football. This was even though Seattle voters had rejected both stadiums via referendum. Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire, who owned the Seahawks, had threatened to move the team to another city if the taxapayers didn’t build him a stadium. Here in New Plymouth, the big sports passion is rugby, but I doubt we’ll be building a new stadium for our team any time soon – we’re just too poor.

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  2. And who are the main targets? Most of the world’s poor can’t afford to watch major sports events. Meanwhile the USA runs “World Championship” events where they only play with themselves (pun intended).

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