The Superbowl: National Day of Capitalism

Hype is the point, writes Hampton Stevens:  

The Super Bowl is our National Day of Capitalism—a feast and party
that's mercifully without the least bit of spiritual underpinning. It's a
celebration of commercialism and consumerism, and consumption for
consumptions' sake. Today we slurp and cho down as much food and drink
as humanly possible. We pay more attention to the TV commercials than
the game. We gamble, which is almost capitalism in the purest form—an
attempt to make money off nothing but one's capital, brains, and someone
else's work. 

Super Bowl XLVII by Kathy Anderson Photography

Oh, okay.

Add: Joel Achenbach puts it in perspective:

The Super Bowl is our day of national vulgarity. Everything about the
event is over-the-top, most of all the halftime show. I kept thinking
that Beyonce didn’t need to try so hard. She had me at hello. At several
points it turned into a workout video.

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  1. sfmike

    Which is why the blackout was such a wonderful anomaly. This really is all smoke and mirrors and could collapse at any moment.

    The game was very entertaining, the capitalism less so, and the ads were filled with so much old-fashioned sexism it was rather startling. 90% of them seemed to be saying, if you buy this product, you will then have sex with a hot woman, and the stupid message soon felt rancid and creepy.

    February 4, 2013
  2. Kit Stolz

    Well put. Yes, the black-out was refreshingly real. Odd to see players out on the grass exercising, waiting for it to be over. No one knew what to do.

    And as Anonymous tweeted:

    Finally, America cares about the infrastructure in NOLA.

    February 5, 2013