As the person who started this little tempest with a too-generally
worded message, I want to say that much of what has been posted in the
past few days about the ways images of athletes have been constructed
by TV coverage has been quite interesting, and totally appropriate to
the purposes of this list.  What I was reacting to was a spate of
Tonya Harding jokes and some speculations about the character of
another athlete that really had nothing to do with media studies, and
would have been much more appropriate on alt-gossip.  As more people
get on the internet and join these discussions, we are in danger of
being inundated in inappropriate messages if we don't set some minimal
standards and try to abide by them.
                                                Stephen Brophy