Will Art Save Sport?

The sport-media complex, in particular sports videogaming, is evolving towards a state of virtual sport. Some of the technologies enabling this evolution are improved processor chips and graphics accelerators, virtual reality and advances in haptics, and peer-to-peer networks. Future technologies may include genetic engineering, molecular computing and nootropics. It is the march of positivism, for positivist research pays in a capitalist system.

Every shred of empirical data that is collected means a more robust simulation, or what I am calling virtual sport. But there is a limit in spacetime as to how robust a virtual world may become. It is the essence of that which cannot be captured by numbers. It is art.

Art, then, is the postmodern response to sport.


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