- Michel Serres to Bruno Latour (1995). Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time, p. 185.
We could be victorious
Once again victorious
One last time victorious
Never again victorious
- Victorious, The Perishers
According to the Norwegian sport sociologist Jan-Ove Tangen, the symbolically generalized medium, i.e. the core rationale of a social system (according to Niklas Luhmann), in sport, is (the inauguration of) the victor. Everything in a sports event boils down to this. The not yet known, although anticipated, winner in an athletic contest is the pivot around which the sport event unfolds.But, to quote ‘the boss’, what about ‘the wrong side of that line’, what about the losers? On the
A worthy mission, for sure, would be to aestheticize losing, to press away the poison and to extract the honey. One of the first things that appears as urgent is ruling out the element of shame that's connected to loss.