In the latest episode we discuss ideas of loyalty and fandom – with respect to both teams and individual athletes – and dissect various strands of ‘belonging’ to an imagined community.
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- The changing nature of fandom in the information age
- The schizophrenic nature of fandom in the franchise age
- Do you cheer for Kohli when he plays for India and wish for him to fail for RCB?
- The idea of imagined communities and the spread of nationalism
- Why does bandwagoning have a bad reputation?
- Supporting a team versus an individual – and how the first appears more noble
- The sacred space of fandom – watching as a community v watching alone
- The live experience v the TV experience – and the vast difference between them
- The loss of hope in 2000 – when Azhar and Cronje were embroiled in scandal
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)
Rohit Naimpally (https://rohitnaimpally.substack.com/)
Deepauk Murugesan (@complicateur)
- That special whistle: the phenomeon called CSK – 81allout podcast
- The ins and outs of Fantasy Cricket – 81allout podcast
- Reviving War Minus the Shooting – 81allout podcast with Osman Samiuddin
- Imagined Communities – Benedict Anderson – Amazon
- Rules for Being a True Fan – Bill Simmons – ESPN Page 2
- We cheer for clothes – Jerry Seinfeld – YouTube
- Is sporting fandom a set of rituals or a relationship – Ahmer Naqvi – ESPNcricinfo
- Confessions of a bandwagon fan – David Sax – The New Yorker
- The legacy of Michael Jordan in China – Andrew Gao – chinosity.com
- Will you watch the World Cup – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – sidveeblogs
Lead image from here.