Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Academic Eyes in Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated has been around since August 1954 educating the readers on all things sports, with basketball, hockey, tennis and so on, the list goes on. "Hidden Intellectualism" by Gerald Graff explains how this magazine helped him to educate himself by reading this magazine because he has a stronger connection with sports then in the classroom. Sports Illustrated is fulled with statistics, in addition to other educating styles by implying critical thinking skills to each article he reads. Something he calls"through academic eyes" (Graff 386). Graff would read the articles and relate them to the classroom work, thinking critically on how this can relate to whatever it is that he was working on in class. This connects to his point because it proves that you do not need to read  Hamlet or Socrates' Apology. Graff says " Give me the student anytime who writes a sharply argued, sociologically acute analysis of an issue of Source over the student who writes a lifeless explication of Hamlet or Socrates' Apology." ( Graff 386). Any form of pop culture can be educational if you have  academic eyes.


Sources:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ and the 1(800) number.


Hidden Intellectualism" by Gerald Graff published in Reading Pop Culture A Portable Anthrology

1 comment:

  1. But HOW can SI be seen through academic eyes? Reading statistics doesn't equal critical reading skills :-)

    Also, what else can you tell us about the magazine, and where are you getting your information from?!

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