Non-Fiction: The Cost of Entertainment and Sporting Events

While browsing my new obsession people refer to as, “The front page of the internet” I came across an article I quickly formed an opinion on and wanted to share as well as discuss.

From what I have gathered from reading this multiple times is that there is a building being constructed that has caused an increased amount of deaths in the process. There are many topics that come into play when analyzing just what is going on here:

  • The functional purpose this building serves
  • The party who this building is being constructed for
  • The type of work environment that workers must go through
  • The type of impression/ image this sends to the general population on a grand scale

If I am not mistaken, this building is aimed to house the upcoming World Cup in 2020. The name of the party who this building is for will then be FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association.) Right away we can identify what and who this is being made for. We can also recognize how big of an event this is said to be. Football is most likely the most popular sport globally in that it requires the smallest (and arguably cheapest) amount of materials to play. People all over the world take this sport seriously, and the United States is no exception. We may not be rooting for our own team, but that is not to say we don’t cheer on teams with the same passion of those in their own countries.

When it comes to construction of this magnitude, it isn’t going to take a lot of convincing to get me to realize that this is a dangerous job (this is part of why I imagine workers get paid so much, or so little we will find out.) There are tons of risks involved between heavy lifting, working at great elevations, and baring what weather our planet will present at any given time or location. The article mentions some comparisons of structure of similar scales. When comparing how many people died constructing the Golden Gate Bridge (that took place over fifty years ago) to a more modern city like Qatar, the findings are astounding. This leads to the next question of what exactly is going on to cause these deaths.

The article mentions that the majority of workers are migrant workers the construction company has hired. One can only presume for cheap labor through blackmail. When someone has another person’s fate in their hands, humans have shown some ugly qualities having such power over someone else. This story is not an exception to said behavior. They have their workers working long hours, in extreme heats (fifty degrees Celsius) and don’t allow them to normally drink the free water. When you deprive your resources of things they need to function properly, this will hurt the overall outcome (trust me, this happens all the time at my job.) To transpose these concepts to that of human beings of flesh, blood, and other chemical compounds, more trouble starts to conjure up on both a micro and macro level.

Not only does the company have to deal with an accelerated depletion of resources that are human lives, but FIFA has to consider the PR issues this can create. No one would enjoy Disneyland as much if they knew that hundreds, if not thousands of jewish slaves were killed in the making of such a magical place. I know I am exaggerating a bit when I say this, but I do this to drive the point home (I’m looking at you China.) Ethnicity aside, I can only presume that if the global population knows that it’s favorite sports arena was constructed by the hands of (pretty much) slaves, they might not want to contribute their time and money to a corporation that would allow this to happen.

If a company I’ve hired was practicing unethical and unlawful business tactics, I would strongly consider choosing someone else regardless of my budget. The budget plays less of an issue when a big corporate name like FIFA is held responsible. While I still hold my cynical views very close to my heart, the question of nobility and public image comes in to play when considering the scale of this event and the profit it can create. I might want to consider contributing my money to a corporation that hires migrant workers to work in inhumane conditions so much so, that they have to put suicide nets outside their buildings so workers don’t kill themselves in that way to escape the terrible conditions they are working in (I’m looking at you corporate computer giant.)

Those are my two cents on the topic. If I can to summarize a main point and a message to give to the reader, I would say consider (and reconsider) where your money is going to. Not only when you want to attend a sporting event, but for more everyday functions like grocery shopping and when you buy clothes. Consider and question where your money is going when making bigger purchases like vehicles, homes, or jewelry. Most of us work hard. Think of how many frappucinos you had to sell, how much kissing up, and the physical wear on your body your dollars come from. To take things a step further, remember how much work you had to contribute when you make your purchases not only out for pleasure (like jewelry or clothes, or a fancy meal, or a night out bar hopping) but for necessities like your water and power bills, the gas you put in your car, and the food you buy. Just recognizing all of this will put the type of world we like in into a more realistic perspective than what the public media would like to convince us of otherwise.

-dfj

 

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