With more than 80 percent of the world's population expected to watch the World Cup, the month long tournament is a(nother) distraction to workers, an excuse for soccer-related absenteeism, and a strain on office resources as fans use network bandwidth to live-stream the matches at work.
In Divided Existence and Complex Society the great historical psychologist (metabletician) J. H. Van Den Berg (pictured) argued (if memory serves) that WWCS (What We Call Soccer) was an allegory of the repression of labor in a capitalist society in modern Europe. Workers are alienated from the fruits of their labor | futball players are unable to make use of their hands.
Now WWCS's World Cup isn't good for business (work ethics)--worldwide. Except for TV networks, and Nike, and South African tourism, and . . .
On last week's "Wait, Wait" (on NPR), even radio legend Carl Kasel was shouting the title of this post (with world class prolongation). (It's the name of this week's quiz for celebrity guest Robert Klein).