Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of looking or beholding; the state or occupation of being a spectator or looker-on.
- n. The state or quality of being a spectator
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare The office or quality of a spectator.
- n. obsolete The act of beholding.
- spectator + -ship (Wiktionary)
“How, after Dumont's license to free spectatorship,could I enjoy a film which tells me from its opening credits that the story is going to be about evil the quote from The Book of Job that Malick chooses to ponderously announce his film and in which every shot is controlled to make the spectator realize the Truth of Life?”
“In addition, sports spectatorship is a transformative experience through which fans escape their humdrum lives, just as religious experiences may help the faithful to transcend their everyday existence.”
“It is also curious that as religious attendance rates have dropped off in recent decades, interest in sport spectatorship has soared.”
“I have to disagree that multiplayer gaming is intrinsically at odds with narrative and spectatorship (though I do agree that most games don't bother to try to these work together).”
“Moreover, sport psychologists find that spectatorship yields much the same kind of social, and spiritual, benefits as people obtain from church membership.”
“In modern societies, however, there are other ways to meet one's social needs (e.g., sport spectatorship).”
“After seeking consultation with Tribeca founders, the Doha-Tribeca film festival was launched: a joint effort to create a film buzz in a country where spectatorship is rather new -- with over 800 volunteers from around the world participating.”
“After years of passive spectatorship in video games, these and others renewed my personal belief in the potential (sometimes even actualized) in the medium.”
“The payoff for all this spectatorship is a lifestyle based on imitation, competition, materialism, and self-delusion.”
“In an increasingly information-centric society, politics becomes more about spectatorship and less about participation.”
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