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June 24, 2004
One of the things that I learned from
going to Stanford Volley Ball games was Volleyball is a huge
that the fans didn't regard cheering for sport at Stanford.
their team as anything as simple as a A game might have
spontaneous display of emotion. They thousands of spectators
regarded it as a requirement: it was crowding from the lower
their duty to inspire the home team, tiers up to the ceiling:
and psyche out the opposition. solid walls of humanity.
When the drums of war There was this one In comparison, if
are pounding, and men's volleyball you got Fred
public opinion polls game that had to be Frith to play on
repeatedly report huge played in the "Old campus you'd be
approval ratings for Pavillion", which lucky to get a few
our boy in office and was so small that hundred people.
his wounderful the bleachers
military undertakings, practically went
the left has a way of right up to the court.
anguished, outraged Some of the Stanford
disbelief. When they guys seated near me were
speak up on the using this as an
subject, they hear opportunity to whisper
things like "Support in the ear of the server
our troops!" from the opposite
team: "*Waaayne*, we're
If you find this *looooking* at you... is
remark baffling, your ass getting hot?"
consider the Stanford
Also, you should realize that
this attitude is not, in fact,
the stupidiest thing in the
What war is really about is pushing
the other side into a situation where
they feel like they need to surrender.
They're quite capable of watching
reports of demonstrations on CNN and
reading poll results in the New York
If they get the feeling that
the US citizens don't back the
war effort, they might actually
hang on and fight it out longer
in hopes that we'll back down.
So going around talking loudly about
how great the war is might *really*
help support the troops. This attitude does indeed pose
some problems for the nature of
But this means that the political discourse in an open,
"rally round the flag democratic society...
effect", is not not at
The people are lying to the
pollsters, who are essentially
regarded as enemy spies. SPORT_OF_PREDICTION
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