Saturday, January 9, 2010

Football Blogs Provide Much Needed Context on Yesterday's Attack

Since I've been trying to keep a daily post-rate, I've realized how busy a life I lead. This week I've been working 9-5 with little to no internet access, with a slew of rehearsals and concerts in the evening, and my Church singing joe-job on Sunday. I've always managed to keep a toe-hold on news items but without the aid of an iPhone/Blackberry/New Device it can get quite difficult.

Which brings me to write a few words in praise of the several bloggers who strove to put yesterday's events in Cabinda, Angola in political/historical context. First, to Jon over at Just-Football, who has kept on top of developments as they happened, and to Chris at twofootedtackle.com who provided a very succinct and helpful roundup of the situation.

Special praise should go to Pitch Invasion's Tom Dunmore, with no less than three feature length posts on the attack, each providing meticulous background on the various organizational failures, from the Togolese federation for arranging bus travel through insecure territory, to the Angolan government for politicizing the tournament by hosting games in Cabinda to convince the world it was a secure region, (although they are not the first to do so; one thinks of the brutal crackdown on left-wing dissidents in Argentina prior to the 1978 World Cup).

While some of the mainstream media coverage has been disappointing to say the least (I won't even mention the South Africa-Angola conflation witnessed in some English op-ed corners), football blogs also have the advantage of collating news sources into a more digestible, immediately accessible whole. I think in situations as complex as yesterday's, the need to provide context and limit hysteria is paramount, and it's good to know so-called sports media "amateurs" like the above are there to provide it.

One final note; the silence on yesterday's attack from many mainstream North American outlets is deafening.

1 comment:

Lanterne Rouge said...

Completely agree - the coverage on Pitch Invason has been masterly. Although British, I am currently in the US and am struck by the lack of coverage here - will the US mainstream media stop at nothing to suppress anything to do with soccer, even if it means failing to give proper coverage to a major political incident?