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The Effects of Football on Politics

The Effects of Football on Politics

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Maybe you once saw politicians sitting in the stands at a football (world cup games). Or a politician who ceremoniously opened the Olympic Games with a speech. At major sporting events, you can see at first glance that sports and politics have something to do with each other.

This can also be seen elsewhere, for example in the discussion about the daily sports lesson at school. But the connections go even further. In Austria, the federal government and the federal states determine which sports are promoted (federal government) and how the sport may be practiced (federal states).

The Federal Sports Promotion Act regulates how top-class sports, and junior and popular sports are promoted. The measures in the fight against doping, an unauthorized form of performance enhancement by medical means, are also laid down in the law.

Currently, sport is anchored in the “Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Sector and Sport” (as of February 2021). But other ministries also deal with the topic of sport, for example, the Ministry of Health.

In Austria, in the field of sports, the laws are enacted in the federal states. For example, they determine which safety precautions must be met when skiing. The interests of sports clubs and sports associations vis-à-vis politics are represented in Austria by the umbrella organization “Sport Austria”.

 

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However, politics does not only influence sports when it comes to subsidies and laws. Major events such as world championships and Olympic Games are popular worldwide, with millions of people watching. Again and again, politicians try to use this for their own purposes. They want to increase their own popularity or distract from unpleasant topics, such as human rights violations in their own country.

Examples of this are the planned 2022 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. China and Qatar are criticized for treating ethnic minorities and guest workers in their own countries. These two groups often have to work in dire conditions without having basic human rights.

You can find more examples of the interplay between politics and sports in the timeline.

On the other hand, sport also influences politics … and society: it can help people feel (more) belonging to their nation and strengthen the sense of community. Especially in young countries, it is easy to observe that sporting successes help to develop a common identity. In Austria, this was the case in the years after the founding of the Second Republic, for example through the successes of Austrian skiers at the Olympic Games.

An international example of the impact sport can have on a country’s politics and society was the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Only a year earlier, Nelson Mandela had been elected President of South Africa in the first free elections. South Africa was a divided nation due to decades of apartheid (the oppression and systematic discrimination of people with dark skin). South Africa surprisingly defeated the team from New Zealand in the World Cup final and won the world championship title.

Mandela’s presentation of the World Cup trophy to the captain of the South African rugby team was a symbolic sign of the rapprochement and reconciliation between people of white and dark skin in the country. Fittingly, there is a quote from the late former South African President Mandela: “Sport speaks a language that politicians do not speak.”

The Exterior of Politics

The Exterior of Politics

 One of the most complicated and controversial topics to talk about is politics. In fact, since it has been the root of complications and controversies, people always try to not talk about it at all or make it a topic during get togethers for it will just trigger rants and gap between circle of friends and even between family members.

The reason behind the statement above is because what we see and hear about politics is not always appealing. Actually the common perception a person has towards it is “dirty”. The latter word already expresses and shows the external or outer image of politics. Pertaining to the intentions, it is not always what you see is what you get in the world of politics but what you see is not always what you will get and what we really want to do for the country and people. Unfortunately, this happens most of the time.

We people, their constituents, are superficial. We do not have time nor exert effort on figuring out the real intention of a politician or a leader. We base everything on their looks, their platforms, and how they communicate with us during campaigns (the only time that we will have our chance for the meet and greet). For many, meet and greet is very important. This is the time to make yourself known to the people.

“Political surface” is what we see and and what we really vote for. So whether you like it or not, we really have to depend on how they interact, how do they look and how they communicate.

It is very important that like goods that are being sold, and services like exterior painting colorado springs colorado  that is being offered, politicians should make sure to be externally awesome, literally and genuinely.

Thailand’s Support for eSports Helps Boost Gaming Market and New Professions

Thailand’s Support for eSports Helps Boost Gaming Market and New Professions

Thailand is one of several Asian countries that gives full support to the gaming industry by encouraging the promotion of esports as a legit sports activity Through the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), the Thai government plans to upgrade systems that will strengthen the foundations of esports, as doing so also underpins other related businesses and professions.

Currently, Thailand ranks 21st in the list of 100 countries with the highest winnings collected from esports tournaments, in which the country’s 1,100 competitive esports athletes won as much as $9,214, 591.00 According to Chutinat Wongsuban, NESDC’s Deputy Secretary General, the popularity of esports has grown tremendously in Thailand during the past decade, along with the continuing growth of the country’s gaming market.

Growth of Thailand’s eSports Population of Gamers and Audience

The most recent statistics show that in 2017, Thailand already had as many as 18.3 million gamers, which is about one-fourth of Thai’s population. That being the case, the NESDC Deputy Secretary strongly advocates for the government to further encourage game developers by offering assistance and tax incentives.

Aside from the growing number of players in Thailand, the number of spectators viewing esports tournaments in 2020 soared. Viewership comprises an estimated 2.6 million fans who streamed esports competitions online in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The esports audience is expected to grow further by at least 30% in 2021, likely to increase streaming fees and eventually, ticket sales.

Thai Government’s Official Recognition of eSport as a Legit Sport Spurs the Creation of New Careers

In the economic front, the growing number of players and esports fans also spurred the creation of other careers and enterprises. The likes of which include game reviewers, game casters, tourney commentators, game referees, tournament organizers and streaming services.

To be more realistic, many highly skilled, top-ranking gamers also provide services as profile (โปรฟีฟาย) account players. The professional service and support are given to players who find it difficult to level up and attain higher ranks. Rank boosting enables weaker players to claim rank-associated rewards, including access to in-game weapons and cosmetics.

Although regarded as a form of cheating, rank-boosting is also one way by which newbies learn skills that take time and money to develop, if dependent on playing experiences alone. In the same context, some developers create apps that make rank-boosting services more viable for users, by having built-in anti detection measures.

Thailand’s Social Sector Calling for Laws to Protect Children Against Potential Harms of Gaming

However, certain sectors in Thailand’s society, such as parents, educators, and social health workers, have called attention to the lack of laws that oversee the gaming industry as a whole. Their main concerns are the potential adverse impacts of online gaming on the health of children.

At the very least, they want to see laws similar to those instituted by other countries, such as game ratings nased on age, limiting advertisements and promotions to adult audiences, as well as instituting guidelines for the supervision of esport tournaments and participants. .

At present, the only guidelines in place are administrative in nature, mostly applying only to video stores and Internet cafes with regard to duration of business hours and use of minors but without regard to appropriateness of gaming content.

Does Visiting Entertainment Talk Shows Make Any Sense for Politicians?

Does Visiting Entertainment Talk Shows Make Any Sense for Politicians?

Less than ten days remain and the polls are over. Too bad for us scholars in this political spectacle, but hopefully a relief to those who don’t find all that fascinating. After all, you’ve come across politicians all over the place, even when you don’t anticipate it. Visiting talk shows has become a regular weapon in the political campaign toolbox. The concern, however, is what impact this has on the reputation of particular politicians as well as on the trust of politicians more generally.

Talk shows and presentations by politicians

To answer this question, we must first look at the content of such programs. Not surprisingly, the interviewers in entertainment talk shows are much less critical of their guests than the interviewers in journalistic programs.

The reason for this is twofold are:

  • the goal that the producers have in mind
  • the topics that a program normally focuses on.

To begin with the first talk show, hosts of mostly television shows want to amuse their viewers. While some suspense is often exciting, the feel-good content of these shows is paramount. The result is that-compared to interviews in journalistic programs-politicians are addressed in a more polite and constructive manner, are often less distracted, and instead are allowed to continue chatting with sounds like “umm,” “real?” or “yeah, I understand.” “But interviews with reporters are in most cases characterized by a sensitive questioning style which is often described as a ceremonial sword combat”

In addition, the issues discussed in such interventions are essential for the understanding of the effect. Interviews of news and current affairs programming tend to concentrate on political ideas or controversies, and politicians are dismissive of their previous work or aspirations for the future. Yet celebrity chat shows present a totally different side of politicians.

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Talk shows and the effects on public opinion

The concern is whether the time and resources that lawmakers bring into talk shows will pay off with extra votes. This has been investigated in the context of the US and Japanese elections. In the 2000 elections of Bush and Gore, these presidential candidates were repeatedly portrayed on talk shows such as Oprah Winfrey’s. Survey analysis suggests that viewing chat shows may have an impact on how nice people find politicians, but it also increases the chance of voting for them. People who identify with the Democratic Party were more likely to vote for Bush if they were to see these shows more frequently, while Republicans were more sympathetic and more likely to vote for Gore. Talk shows were therefore able to narrow the partisan divide in that election and persuade the voters to change parties. An significant nuance, though, is that only voters with very little political experience and participation have been affected. The opportunity to vote for a politician from the other side did not improve for people who were more politically active.

  1. Presentation of politicians in entertainment chat shows is much more constructive than in journalistic programmers. This could lead to more elections on the lawmakers who take the trouble to participate in those programs. There are, however, a host of remarks to be made: These favorable results are observed only for individuals with very little political experience.
  2.  Positive results have only been reached if the entertaining message often contains political components.
  3.  It can also contribute to political distrust among people with great political knowledge.

Talk Shows are like ‘iptv’, intended to resolve problems or raise consciousness, provide data or entertain people.

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