Property, Sports and Slavery: Exhibitionism and Spectatatorship



“A classic case of function becomes fashion. USC printed “Property of USC” on their athletic t-shirts to prevent theft. Decades later, “Property of …” t-shirts are standard fare in most college bookstores, um, we mean websites.”

The 100 Most Iconic T-Shirts of All Time

Maybe a coincidence that people were considered property in past? History has a momentum.

Consider Greg Bateson’s comments regarding improving colonialism back in 1942:

“It is very important to foster exhibitionism among the inferiors and spectatorship among the superiors” p. 382

Gregory Bateson and the OSS: World War II and Bateson’s Assesment of Applied Anthropology

by David H. Price

Bread and circuses as in Rome?






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