Discipline and Distinction in the Age of the Internet

A sociological study of the fitness practice.

10 mins
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Societal Symphony: Harmonizing the Melodies of Conspiracy

In China, sports were initially seen as a way to strengthen the nation politically. Schools back then focused on getting students fit to show off the country's power. When the People's Republic of China was established in 1949, physical fitness became a national duty, symbolizing the strength of the nation.<br><br>

Things changed in the late 90s, and after the 2008 and 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, sports became really popular in China. The internet and mobile apps played a big role in this shift, bringing workouts from gyms to our phones and reflecting Western culture's influence. To understand this change, the article uses theories from famous thinkers like Foucault, Elias, and Baudrillard. It also talks about a popular fitness app called Keep as an example.