Writing in The Nation’s special August 15-22 sports issue, currently on newsstands, recently retired Denver Broncos wide receiver turned social critic Nate Jackson reflects on the football concussion crisis. Jackson is short on specifics and long on the banal (“But at what price comes the glory?”). Jackson also makes regrettable separation from the essential theme: traumatic brain injuries are not the same as blown-out knees; the National Football League’s commerce-first values inculcate amateur sports, as well; and the depth and breadth of the resulting societal fallout far exceed the public’s current perception.
Like most painful attempts by intellectuals to be hip, Jackson and his fellow sloganeers for solidarity fail to account for the limitations of labor-model ideology in a popular culture dangling as far off the bread-and-circuses deep end as America’s in 2011….
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