Contest vs. Competition

How did competition, the mutual striving for a common goal, devolve into a contest or conflict between individuals? It is not a new question, but pervasive. Is it just a matter of the word “contest” being simpler? Or is it a components of the fixation on persons, rather than function for the simple reason that function is hard to see?

Rachel Maddow’s Debunktion Junction asked the question “What’s your function,” but that was mostly a joke to set up false reporting. And the video record is no longer available on NBC. Here’s one that got saved on Youtube.