Last updated on: 8/8/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Johnson, PhD Biography

Title:
Sportswriter and sports photographer
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“[S]hould we throw up our hands… and admit that anti-doping is a hopelessly compromised holy war, a historically blind exercise in futility and evasion?

I don’t think so, if only for one reason: elite athletes are role models whose actions affect consumer behavior… While the history of anti-doping is hip deep in ethical mire, the past need not condemn the project’s future. The quest for a state of pure sports can still serve as a useful and inspirational model for society at large…

[S]ports’ conflicted attempt to step away from the chemistry bad and stagger outside into the bright sunlight of some ideal of pure play is admirable because it is an effort confirm our basic humanity.”

Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sportswriter and sports photographer
  • Contributor, VeloNews, Cycling Weekly (UK), Velo (France), Ride Cycling Review (Australia), Wall Street Journal
Education:
  • PhD, English Literature, Boston University
  • MA, English Literature, Boston University
  • BA, English, University of California at San Diego
Other:
  • Has bicycled across the United States twice and completed an Ironman triathlon
  • Twitter handle: @ironstringmark
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?