Unless you are reading this article from Mars, you cannot have helped yourself but to least know there is major world event at play. Yes, this is the FIFA World Cup I speak of. It is not too hard to remember history and realize what our new empire is doing this to keep populations entertained … Read More
Unless you are reading this article from Mars, you cannot have helped yourself but to least know there is major world event at play. Yes, this is the FIFA World Cup I speak of. It is not too hard to remember history and realize what our new empire is doing this to keep populations entertained and make everyone oblivious of the issues that really matter. As were the gladiator games used by the Roman Empires to numb the masses, the FIFA World Cup and the players in it, are our new Roman stadium and our gladiators. Like the gladiator games, the FIFA World Cup is also a major source of revenue. It is calculated that Brazilian government spent a total of 14 billion dollars that went to invest in public works and developing stadiums. This making it the highest cost in the history of world cup events. This is also the reason why a lot of Brazilians took to the streets to protest on the spending when the most basic services are lacking in the country. Of course leaving aside the reports of child homeless shootings, as it is exposed in the widely watched video on YouTube, “The Price of the World Cup,” a mini documentary done by a dutch film maker. Unlike the Stanley Cup, the NBA finals or the Superbowl, the FIFA World Cup is truly an international event, because it draws fans from all over the world. This does not even leave those countries who are not present in the world cup, because after all we are interested in the countries that make it for one reason or another. The FIFA World Cup is the best candidate to exploited as the prime distractor of the masses for our new Roman Empire, I am of course speaking of the United States.
“Paid for by the emperor, the games were used to keep the poor and unemployed entertained and occupied. The emperor hoped to distract the poor from their poverty in the hopes that they would not revolt.” – ushistory.org
Like the Roman Empire, the United States is currently facing a decline, which is shown not only economically, but also politically, the recent re-opening of the Iraq war is causing a lot of damage to the already minute confidence the United States had. That is if some of the allies were already not upset due to the spying that came about from the Snowden leaks. It is moments of an empire decline that they will show their military teeth, because these are desperate times, it is also in times of an empire decline that their gladiator games need to be more massive than ever. This Brazil FIFA World Cup is perhaps the most watched event ever, add to this the proliferation of computing to fascinate to the watching and availability of on how to watch the game.
If the Roman Empire had hero gladiator figures like Spartacus, so does this FIFA World Cup have their heroic figures, whether it would be Diedier Drogba, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. As if the idolization a player like Messi receives is not enough, we see his picture in billboards or walls. In a city like Toronto, it is not hard to see giant image of Messi plastered outside a SportingLife. Although, it is true the sport is really fun to watch and there is still some passion in the sport, even if solemnly motivated by the payout of being the world stage and taking the cup, in this case the winners get 30 million dollars. This is a unfortunate sad truth that money is a great motivator in this day and age. Despite of this, the games have proven to fulfill their end goal, pun intended. Sources used: http://www.tsmplug.com/football/prize-money-fifa-world-cup-2014/ http://www.ushistory.org/civ/6e.asp