For our second project I have decided to revisit a paper I wrote for a political science class I took during my freshman year at the university. The class focused on the sports, politics, and society. The paper I am interested in working with discussed the idea that while most people perceive baseball as a pre-modern sport and football as a modern sport, there are many components of each sport that support the exact opposite conclusion. Using this as a starting point, I would like to take the argument a step further. While baseball is seen as a pre-modern sport, it is also frequently said to be declining in popularity, even to the point of no longer being America’s pastime. While this is a subjective statement, I want to research whether or not it has any validity and see what the primary causes are for this type of thinking. As a huge baseball and football fan I am excited at the thought of pursuing this and I think it would be a unique opportunity to do so.
Another piece of writing I considered working with was an academic essay about underlying causes of the 2008 financial crisis. However, as an economics major, I have ample opportunities to explore this idea and I feel as though I would get bored in the process of developing this idea.