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Dr Emily Ryall
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Senior lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire
Senior lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire

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There are differing reasons for why people compete in running races - but often it is just to challenge themselves. So is it right to pull people out of these 'fun' runs for being too slow?

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Next week I am giving a talk at Kings College London as part of their Philosophy, Medicine and Sport series. My paper is entitled: Monsters, Mutants and Mistaken Metaphors: Why our fears about genetic technology in sport are unfounded.

Abstract:

My research in this area focuses upon the way in which the pictures presented by the media about genetic technology create misleading perceptions and fears. My previous original analysis of newspaper articles about genetic technology in sport suggested that three themes emerged from the language that is used to describe and explain genetic technology and its application to sport. These can be categorized as: threats to individual identity, the creation of gods and monsters, and the emergence of fearful scenarios. What I intend to do in this paper is to outline the conclusions drawn from my earlier research (Ryall, 2008) but also highlight how the way in which misleading pictures presented by the media regarding genetic technology aids traditionally conservative governing bodies and sporting authorities in their policy decisions on this issue.

Reference:

Ryall, Emily (2008) 'The language of genetic technology: Metaphor and media representation', Continuum, 22:3, 363 – 373.

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Was a guest on ABC's 'The Bionic Athlete' yesterday - listen again here:

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An example of gamesmanship, cheating or an astute understanding of strategy?

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An example of gamesmanship, cheating or an astute understanding of strategy?

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When students are told that failure of a single undergraduate module will cost them £1000 to retake, I wonder whether these essay-writing services will become even more in demand:

Used Google+ Hangout for the first time to give a lecture to distance learning students. Seemed to work really well. The only thing I'd like to be able to do differently is to keep a window up from my camera at the same time as sharing a screen (e.g. Powerpoint presentation). Unfortunately as soon as you select 'sharescreen' your own window disappears.

Just set up my professional page - if you're interested in philosophy and / or sport, then please add me to your circles.
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