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Hi Angela -
>other obvious example, not to be sexist, being women and shoe shops?
Well, if you have one, you needs must have the other....
>Query: is spectator sport a
>memetic successor to Roman bread and circuses?
It is _all_ and ever has been, spectator sports. There are those who
would insist that baseball requires a higher class of observation, and
thus observer, than gladiator sports like football or boxing or the
original gladiators cum lions and tigers and bears, but, really, any
stadia will do.
And not much has changed- there were box seats and hot and cold running
waitresses for the executive set back in Rome, too. Even air conditioning
and a roof, from recent studies of the Coliseum. Culture happens.
But, speaking memetically and contemporarily about spectator sports,
'Rollerball' is being remade, even as we speak, albeit sans John Houseman
or Ralph Richardson.
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