In general spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates. Derived in Middle English from c.1340 as “specially prepared or arranged display” it was borrowed from Old French spectacle, itself a reflection of the Latin spectaculum “a show” from spectare “to view, watch” frequentative form of specere “to look at. The term “spectacle” has also been a term of art intheater dating from the 17th century in English drama.
The most immediate element
–appropriate and distinctive (but perhaps least important for the “drama / play”).
Sport as Spectacle
The lead-up to the breaking and tying of these three records has been relentless: the media, both sports and otherwise, have covered the stories of Rodriguez, Glavine and Bonds with insistent attention.
Read more at Suite101: Media Spectacle & Media Milestones: Incessant Mainstream Coverage of Baseball Breakthroughs http://www.suite101.com/content/media-spectacle-media-milestones-a28357#ixzz14oed1a1p
The Society of the Spectacle