Under Pressure

If Virilio asks us to consider a logic of speed, does that also imply a corresponding logic of pressure?

Put another way: In gridiron football, the players have gotten bigger, stronger, leaner, faster, quicker, and with advances in equipment, tend to hit harder. Indeed, in contrast to similar games of football, such as rugby, in which players corral and wrestle a ball-carrying opponent to the ground, most hits in gridiron involve a defender launching himself headlong like a projectile to bring the ball-carrier down.

If we think of each player as a particle in a system, we find that, on average, the mass of each has increased, as has acceleration and resultant velocity. By the same token, the size of the sportscape has remained constant, and thus the collisions become more violent. Does this suggest a build-up of pressure in a "social" sense, or a "heating up" of the game environment? How does this relate to Deleuze's "crisis of enclosure"?

Music Note "It's the terror of knowing / what this world is about / watching some good friends / screaming 'Let me out!'" — Queen and David Bowie Music Note


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