Is chess prole?
JS wrote in a comment: “Playing chess has become a prole activity.”
Is he joking? If chess is prole, what non-athletic games and pastimes are not prole? Chess seems less prole than videogames and computer games, for example, and I would think it would be equivalent to card games like Bridge, and less prole than modern boardgames because chess is older and more traditional.
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On the other hand, I suppose that playing those types of games are no longer popular among urban bobos. More favored activities include yoga, running, cocktail parties, eating out at restaurants, and going on travel vacations. I guess after doing all of that stuff, who has time to play a boardgame?