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March Madness really is madness

An academic on the psychology of sports fandom


 

David Barash, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, asks why Americans are so obsessed with watching sports. The answer: because they’re lazy, primitive and obsessed with belonging to a group. He argues that the behaviour of sports fans is “normally done by pigs, in the mud, or by seedlings, lacking a firm grip on reality.” As opposed to the behaviour of someone who writes a thousand-word academic article about how much he hates sports fandom; that’s perfectly normal. 

The Chronicle Review


 
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