Seria de Clasice a făcut ca nivelul discuţiei să coboare mult sub cel obişnuit. Timp de câteva zile am urmărit cum blogul a fost deturnat de două seturi de hateri, fiecare vituperând unii spre alţii. Cineva mi-a sugerat chiar să închid comentariile. N-am făcut-o, dar pentru prima dată n-am mai avut răbdarea şi plăcerea de a urmări discuţia, poate şi pentru că nu mai avea nici o legătură cu fotbalul.

Unde vreau să ajung? La faptul că asta s-a întâmplat mai peste tot, nu doar aici pe blog. Brian Phillips scrie pe Run of Play un eseu absolut superb despre felul în care hiper-partizanatul şi furia care derivă din el strică fotbalul:

The problem is (and again, I’m not the first person to notice this) that for a lot of people, that rage-tap is getting harder and harder to shut off. Anger is increasingly becoming a default element in how people interact with the games they follow, and that’s true for soccer fans to a much greater extent than most sports fans. It’s becoming a constant.

Hyperpartisanship promises to give everything a clear meaning, because it gives you a single, simple principle to test all meanings against. Your club itself becomes the index of all meaning in the game. But hyperpartisanship is always running up against the limits of its own efficacy, both because the games still have to be played on the pitch and because it’s incapable of triumphing over either other people’s competing hyperpartisanship or the displaced media narratives that hyperpartisanship was an alternative to in the first place. There’s still reality, and there are still other explanations. Reality and other explanations are both irritants to the hyperpartisan worldview, but hyperpartisanship can never admit this without admitting that it’s basically delusional. The result is that mysterious, low-grade rage.

And here’s where I save your life. Because the truth about hyperpartisanship is that it is an absolutely miserable and unpleasant way to be a sports fan.

Sursa foto: Flickr, vectorportal.

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