How would football fans have reacted if Neuer had stopped play and told the referee that the ball was a goal? Given the rarity of such behavior in football, the initial reaction would no doubt have been surprise. Some German fans might have been disappointed. But the world as a whole – and every fair-minded German fan too – would have had to admit that he had done the right thing.
Neuer missed a rare opportunity to do something noble in front of millions of people. He could have set a positive ethical example to people watching all over the world, including the many millions who are young and impressionable. Who knows what difference that example might have made to the lives of many of those watching? Neuer could have been a hero, standing up for what is right. Instead, he is just another footballer who is very skillful at cheating.” —
WTF?! I’d love to see where giving your adversary a point is common behavior in other sports. How hard is it to understand that the ethical rules that govern football could be completely different that those of basketball? You ever hear someone getting a yellow card for “excessive celebration”?
Make no mistake: players in ALL other sports cheat (by this definition of cheating). That’s why we have the drug checks and replays. The sport with the worst image for this kind of stuff? cycling, followed by baseball, not football. This is just another bad argument for “changing the game” made by someone who doesn’t seem to understand or love football (unfortunately, not the worst one I’ve seen).
Please understand this about football: the referee is king, not the instant replay camera (as of 2010). If the ref didn’t see it, it didn’t happen. This is NOT an objectively fair game, but one that tries to be.
Please note: I’m not against using tech in the field, I just think that comments like this show ignorance for an issue that is actually very important.
i wonder if she realizes that she basically states that unless white folks can suck the blood of racialized people, they have no sexuality to speak of. Fucking Vampires. I knew there was a reason they were all white.
p.s. i wonder what *willie dixon’s* version of little red rooster does for poor ms. p. is she able to be turned on by black boys, or she gotta have the white boy earning billions off of black boys work in order to be turned on?
“Ethical shopping flatters us that our everyday buying is doing good’, argues Heartfield. Such ethical transactions represent a form of ‘status affirmation’. And as is the case with all forms of status affirmation, these green shopping habits are acts of social demarcation. Through adopting the identity of an ethical shopper, someone who cares and who reflects on what they purchase, green consumers are self-consciously marking themselves off from their moral, and incidentally their social, inferiors. Their denunciation of their fellow human beings who wear trashy throwaway cheap clothes and eat cheap food is a modern-day version of the paternalistic lectures made by Victorian do-gooders. Ironically, green protest against consumerism doesn’t represent the rejection of consumption, but rather its moralisation. From a sociological perspective, green consumption can be seen as a new form of conspicuous consumption. This is consumption for effect. Consumption apparently must no longer be an impulsive act of buying – rather it has become a massively over-examined experience, and both a moral statement and an affirmation of status and identity. In the nineteenth century, theories of commodity fetishism noted the growing tendency for people to live through things – commodities appeared to acquire a life of their own through the working of the market. In the world of green consumerism, the fetish of commodities acquires an unprecedented significance. Things are assigned human and ethical significance. Thus we have the stigmatisation of certain foods as ‘evil’ and the rendering of other products as ‘ethical’.”
- from Frank Furedi’s discussion and analysis of Heartfield’s book “Green Capitalism.”
adding to the reading list
Or, as champagnecandy said back in January:
When our identity as “one of the good ones” becomes more important than reaching others, organizing suffers. It creates hierarchies instead of breaking them down. It creates that kind of elitism that makes people so angry—because they’re right, we are looking down on them. It becomes a kind of affirmation of who we are and why we’re different and better.
Yet somewhere along the line we’ve stumbled into a world where self-flagellation over personal privilege replaced examination of privilege as a social issue. Because that’s what privilege is. It’s the way the world treats you based on how you look/speak/where you come from. Beating yourself up for your privilege is just another way to keep your politics centered on you, you, you.
As Guerrilla Mama and State of Emergency point out, all of this is more ritualistic, more religious, than political. Clean living–”right living” if you want to get Buddhist about it—is personal. Religion, spirituality, all of it is personal—haven’t we been trying to argue that for years, for the separation of church and state? If the ritual of recycling cans or only shopping at the local food co-op is important to you, then go ahead with it: make your life easier and more fulfilling any way you can. But it becomes pernicious when it allows you to feel separate and better than others. As Jello Biafra likes to say, doing something is always better than doing nothing, but it shouldn’t become an excuse to sit in the corner with your arms folded, feeling better than everyone else.
I swear I was reblogging this before I realized she was quoting me!!! Awwww. Anyway, bolding in the top graf mine, for TRUTH.
lolol—that’s awesome. :P reblogging for truth in context of the g8/g20 protests.
This approach is not risky, patriotic or even especially honest. And whether it’s practiced by Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann, it’s a rhetorical shell game, an elaborate way of evading the deeper, more pressing issue, which is that Americans are increasingly inclined to live inside private echo chambers, and that when a people have collectively decided to live like that, they have condemned themselves to relive the same crises and disappointments over and over in different guises.” —Jon Stewart was born to bash Obama (via thepoliticalpartygirl)
I know you guys won’t miss those vuvuzelas!
That’s what I love about the World Cup: shit-talking takes a whole new dimension . 2 things:
with that comment, Maradona manages to take the pressure off from the team. Now everyone is talking about that “crazy” Maradona, instead of worrying about the performance of Messi and their lack of a good mid-fielder.
the French need to go home. They didn’t help themselves by saying they drew with Uruguay because they couldn’t hear themselves. I’ve been hearing way more complaints from players about the ball: damn thing can’t help but go up, players have to be more careful when dribbling.