What World Cup Coverage Is Missing

Soccer is, obviously, the centerpiece of the World Cup, but it means nothing without the crowd—the people in the stadiums, in the streets and parks of Brazilian cities, and in the urban spaces all over the world where collective viewing of the tournament has increasingly become the norm. It is a phenomenon that… » 6/27/14 1:55pm 6/27/14 1:55pm

Spectacle And Counter-Spectacle: Watching The Shadow World Cup

I'm torn by this World Cup emotionally, politically and visually. For three days the soccer has been electric. Brazil scores an own goal and steals a nervy victory; the Dutch humiliate Spain; Costa Rica turns the odds over; Colombians fill the stadium in Belo Horizonte. But we all know, more completely than ever,… » 6/16/14 5:10pm 6/16/14 5:10pm