OPINION: Do we have a national pastime?
Bob Greene says it's been awhile since baseball has really been the national pastime. Today that title goes to multitasking.
November 12th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Do we have a national pastime?

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene wonders if baseball fades as the country's once national pastime, is it possible for our population to gather around one single activity?

[0:32] "In a country of 314 million people, this year's World Series drew an average television audience of only 12.7 million viewers per game.  But the question is whether any single activity of any kind– not just sports– qualifies for that title.  Cohesion is not exactly the dominating quality of 21st-century life."

[2:10] "Our pastimes are many, and the very idea of a national pastime goes against the contemporary aversion to doing only one thing at a time.  Although the very real possibility exists. . .that we have, indeed, without planning to, settled on a new kind of national pastime: multitasking."

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    November 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joeelf

    My vote = wasting time online.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |