WWF meets Tiger
- One of my correspondents today sent along a whole column by Prof. Lionel
Tiger (a name worth meditation in itself) about the recent controversy over
wrestling shows on TV. I excerpt this paragraph where the word "myth"
caught my eye; sorry I don't know where the column may be found (will fwd to
<<It is surely significant that the largest demographic for wrestling shows
is 12- to 34-year-old males, many of whom may perceive in their real
immediate surroundings a level of fuzzy, undramatic action that fails to
satisfy their sense that life should be bold and demanding and grand.
Perhaps they have to cave in to the system at their job or to Ritalin if
they're still in school. But at night, in the ring, they can visit a
dramatic world with enormously powerful, highly trained, professionally
proud athletes who--beyond their physical prowess--connect with fulsome
Method actor enthusiasm to the always-haunting world of heroic myth.>>
Indeed. And on another listserv of mine, the decline of masculinity in
general was being discussed.
Conan, call your office.