This is not a sports post.
It is, however, a post about the Super Bowl.
Ok, maybe it is a little bit of a sports post, but I don't have anything to say about the game, the players, tactics or stats, legacies, or any of that. Maybe this isn't a sports post exactly, but a post about our society and the way we engage with and around athletic competitions.
More specifically, this is a post about how the nature of societal engagement is changing in our increasingly digitally embedded culture.
I have written before about my infatuation (obsession) with the phenomenon that is athletics in our contemporary society. I got my last two degrees from an institution of higher learning that had nothing but disdain for sports, and I regularly hang out with workaholic types who view the entire sports world as a vapid waste of productivity cycles that could have been spent building a spreadsheet or something. As a result I have frequently found myself as a kind of sports apologist trying to explain why so many of us are so enmeshed in athletic contests featuring people we are unlikely to ever even meet, much less have a significant personal relationship with.
This is not a post about that, although it is about that a little.
Mostly, I want to talk about how incredible it was to experience the Super Bowl Half-Century Extravaganza (SBHCE). I mean, sure, there are all the regular things about these kind of events that reaffirm my belief that certain sports days should be national holidays: namely the gathering together with friends and/or family, coupled with the copious food and alcohol consumption.
The SBHCE was a different sort of experience than just watching a game. In fact, the game might have been the least engaging part of the experience for the vast majority of us.
Thoughts on culture, community, and development.