Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Engaging the spectatorI'm not sure who this is from, but it is about sports and fans...
"To understand what it means to produce sports in the creative economy means everything. It's not about production, but engagement."
The various discussions about orienteering as a TV and spectator sport have largely focused on the format as the issue. Some people have put effort into the production issues (e.g. GPS tracking and 3d rerun). As best I can tell, people haven't done much with the idea of engaging the spectator or viewer and what that would entail.
That's a topic for another day
Back to okansas.blogspot.com. posted by Michael | 6:51 PM
This is the most sensible thing I've read about this subject in a long time. And I've read a lot. Thanks!
"As best I can tell, people haven't done much with the idea of engaging the spectator or viewer and what that would entail."
I totally disagree. Most of the innovations like sprint, mass starts, micr-o, has been to engage the viewer - particularly the viewer not already heavily involved in orienteering. Although I do agree that most discussion on orienteering forum has focused on nitty-gritty details.
I think people have thought of what a spectator might want to see, but not with ways to engage a spectator. I also think we've been thinking with a very simple model of what people want to see (e.g. mass start must be interesting for spectators).Post a Comment
I think Micro was a pretty good attempt (and I don't think it was a bad idea, or at least I was hoping it went get more testing).
I think engaging a spectator has a lot more to do with how announcers describe what goes on and with helping spectators understand what is happening (and care about what is happening and who is competing).