Before there were celebrities

The Z Man is back from the rodeo, and it wasn’t his first rodeo, either:

For most of human history, entertainments were relatively cheap. Entertainers lived on the fringes of society and made very modest livings. Maybe the showman who owned the circus or traveling act made a good living, but the performers did not. Running away to join the circus was not a move up, it was giving up. If you could not hack it in normal life you ended up as the bearded lady in the circus.

Contrast that to today where we venerate knuckleheads with the IQ of a goldfish and shower them with millions. In order to do that the cost of entertainment has skyrocketed. I was at the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday and the prices are staggering. Cheap seats are $500 just to get in the door. The facility, which is incredible, is simply a massive platform from which to sell you stuff.

Well, yeah, those knuckleheads cost serious money:

Everything has a sponsor. “This hot dog concession stand brought to you by AT&T” is the sort of thing that makes me think the Catholics were right about cupidity being a mortal sin. Every square inch of the Cowboy facility has a sponsor attached to it and almost every square inch is for the purpose of moving product of some sort. You keep wondering, “Don’t they have enough?”

The economy has changed. We don’t make things anymore. Now we kill time and try to turn a profit on it.

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2 comments »

  1. McGehee »

    13 October 2015 · 12:08 pm

    Modern professional sports.

    At least collegiate sports is still hypocritical enough to pretend it isn’t all about teh moneyz.

  2. Chuck »

    14 October 2015 · 10:10 am

    I don’t much care for sports, especially watching other people play, and the advertising that comes with professional sports is downright repulsive. But that’s just me. Half of the channels on cable TV are sports. Many people enjoy watching professional sports. If you can make money providing this kind of entertainment to people, more power to you. If you think $500 is too much money for a ticket, well, that’s just nature’s way of telling you that you need to make more money. If you are buying $500 tickets when you can’t afford it, well, you’re a fool. Of course, everyone plays the fool every once in a while.
    We hear about compulsive gamblers occasionally; what about compulsive sports fans? People who buy expensive tickets instead of paying the rent? I wouldn’t be surprised if they caused more trouble than compulsive gamblers.

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