Soccer and social media: Sport media in the city of the instant

Stephen Redhead

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    This chapter introduces elements of the body of work of the French urban theorist Paul Virilio and relates them to certain aspects of sport and new media cultures, especially social media. Sport and sport media culture in the contemporary world are an integral part of what Virilio, dromological theorist of speed, power and technology, terms the city of the instant and the futurism of the moment. The city of the instant as an idea can uncannily incorporate all the social networking sites of new media, globally connecting users all over the world, often in real time, partially destroying the local and national in the process. Taking the instance of soccer and new media, and especially the social media case of Twitter, the chapter introduces some themes for discussion about Twitter and sport, particularly soccer. It focuses on the utility of Virilio work for making sense of this fast changing media space which threatens, through accelerated moral panic, to take us into a new era of sport media regulation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of sport and new media
    EditorsAndrew C Billings, Marie Hardin
    Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203114711
    ISBN (Print)9780415532761
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    NameRoutledge handbooks


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