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Sports Page politics of modern war

January 28, 2013

Gary Edwards, FMU Men’s Basketball Coach writes: “Technology doesn’t bring us closer together“:

People today, and especially young people, are becoming cell phone zombies.

They know how to stare at a screen but they have a hard time looking at a human and carrying on a conversation.

Maybe that’s why the folks in Washington can’t get anything done. At a time in which we have more and more social media and ways to connect, we are becoming less socially-oriented. We need more and better face-to-face conversations.

Coach Edwards also mentions the Manti Te’o zombie girlfriend – “virtual” – because it’s more than just a fake fiction, it was a simulated reality.

Meanwhile Hines Ward, the former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will appear as zombie on the ‘Walking Dead’ (and also on “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off”)

Finally, President Obama, father of two daughters, was asked whether he would allow a hypothetical son to play football. I think his answer speaks to his foreign policy regarding military, war and violence and the future use of strategic strikes by drones, special operations and financial policy instead of large scale traditional war:

“I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” Obama tells The New Republic.

“In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”

Ted Koppel today on Meet the Press made a point of linking Iran to “cyber war” (to which Bob Woodword quickly tacked on North Korea) and then later Koppel said:

We have moved away from the big unit operations. Divisions, tanks. And are moving more in the direction of special operations. C.I.A. Drones. Civilian contractors. Cyber warfare.

Are these cyber wars like Te’o’s girlfriend? Will our military suffer from reliance on technology and the lack of face-to-face relationship skills while Al Qaeda and Hamas work a better ground-game across Africa? How would President Obama compare his “profound respect for the traditions of hunting” to his feelings about football? Will General Petraeus appear on “Dancing with the Stars”?

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