Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gilding the Olympics China Style

With all the unfolding evidence of fakery in the Opening Ceremony in Peking, on the one hand, we need to remember that it is entertainment and theatre/spectacle that people are watching. On the other hand and more sinisterly, there is the superiority complex that would allow such deception to be allowed. Having lived in Singapore for many years, none of this surprises me.

The organisers of London 2012 are already at work test marketing themes for the opening ceremony to ensure that these kinds of issues don't arise.

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Anonymous said...

the mere fact they are test marketing suggests that they are assessing what sort of deception they can get away with.

Baht At

michael greenwell said...

don't mean to sound like a bore but we should also remember all the displaced people that the games have caused.

and it's not only a china problem. this happens everywhere the olympics are held

Jayne said...

Just throw a big party - that's all anyone expects.

Anonymous said...

I dont think the minstrels are a good idea how about Bob Geldorf welcomes everyone ?

maryt/theteach said...

The Olympics are on in the background...maybe welcoming China as part of the international community will stop the human rights abuses...ya think?

River said...

There's fakery going on everywhere, why are we surprised? In movies a pretty star with a bad singing voice is dubbed in by someone who sings better, stunt men do the risk taking for the big name stars, no-one minds. Why should this occasion be made such a fuss of?