Inclusivity and the GVB Singularity

Revisiting the concept for the Global Village Basketball project (part one, two):

There's a point — and we'll call it a singularity to use the terminology of Manuel DeLanda — at which all the pickup games of basketball around the world, when networked together, condense from tiny gaseous particulate matter into one fluid meta-game. At this singular point, Global Village Basketball comes into being, and is where score reverses from its competitive origins to become cooperative, which in turn creates a common identity amongst the basketball players on Planet Earth.

I think it's important to understand, in looking at Eichberg's trialectic of sports spaces, that we are not talking here about the Olympics and its 'achievement sport'/production-oriented space, but rather an aproductive 'body experience' space of fluidity and social identity formation. I think it's important because the social identity that is being created is meant to be inclusive: The One Basketball-Loving People of Earth, for lack of a better term.

Again, I have called this before an Anti-Olympics, not so much in the sense of being against the Olympics, but rather in the McLuhanesque sense of an anti-environment through which to interrogate the environment in question. I obviously see Global Village Basketball as being different from the Olympics in many different ways, but I think the primary one is the idea that the Olympics are locally competitive sporting events that culminate, in a hierarchical fashion, with one globally exclusive sporting event at which we're left with precious few competitors and many, many spectators. That's why it has become such a televisual spectacle of sport and body achievement.

As I have pointed out earlier, "the Olympics as cooperative sport experience seems oxymoronic, however, considering that the continued existence of the Games rests on cut-throat nationalist competition for an increasing share of the multi-billion dollar sportocratic economy."

Global Village Basketball, on the other hand, I would argue, is locally competitive (at least it should be), with the idea that the networked local competitions become globally inclusive and cooperative. Inclusivity is embodied in the fact that everyone's competition is essential to accumulating the sum total of hundreds and thousands and millions of points over the particular meta-game period. The inclusivity that makes everyone participant and spectator of their own sporting achievement is what ultimately makes Global Village Basketball the anti-Olympic form of Baron Pierre de Coubertin's modern Olympic revival.


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