In no other place is it better to talk about public opinion and how that shapes perceptions than in the world of football/soccer.
The reason I fell in love with England this summer and football was living in London the press is extremely powerful. There are anywhere between 11-13 daily newspapers (depending on who you ask) and each one is very different. Someone who reads The Sun for instance (the cheapest daily, costing only 25 pence) one of Rupert Murdoch’s papers is more than likely to be lower educated and enjoy short, somewhat factual articles in a tabloid fashion.
Another Thanksgiving break day was greeted by more glorious Champions League action. I was able to watch two games at once — Arsenal/Dortmund and Barcelona/AC Milan.
First on to Arsenal.
Dortmund came to North London needing points against the Gunners, but were denied. It didn’t help two of Dortmund’s key players were injured in the first half.
Today I was able to take in Champions League action on my own TV in the comfort of my home, rather than on my computer screen in Iowa City.
I was able to take in Manchester City — who currently lead the Premier League with 34 points, five ahead of Manchester United — face Napoli.
The star of the match was 24-year old Napoli striker, Edinson Cavani.
Ever since I started following Arsenal religiously in the summer, I have gotten most of my news from Twitter. I follow over 600 accounts on Twitter and I estimate around 1/3 at least are related to soccer/Arsenal or are professional players.
One account I began following was @samuelj29060 because of his many opinions about Arsenal and very reliable information. He was continually popping up in my mini feed whenever I searched for Arsenal news or transfer rumors.
I contacted Sam on via his blog — http://samuelj29060.wordpress.com/ — if he wanted to do an interview with me. To my surprise he responded right away and like me is a 21-year old Arsenal fan.
I will be tweeting live updates from @Gagaforgunners during the USA and France friendly happening now.
USA lineup: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Chandler; Beckerman; Williams, Edu, Shea; Dempsey, Altidore.
France lineup (4-4-2): Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Koscielny, Mathieu; Ménez, Diarra, M’Vila, Ribéry; Benzema, Gameiro.