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Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Opening Ceremony for the Olympics - A Beautiful Orwellian Performance

I found myself looking at the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics with a mixure of awe and horror.

The awe was for the amazing beauty of it all. The inspired design and choreography were a wonder to behold. It was visually perfect.

And therein was the problem.

Every member of the cast of thousands was a cog on an enormous machine. Each interacted with the other with perfection. It was flawless and seamless. I have never seen anything like it. It was a bit frightening in how perfectly it illustrated the communist ideal.

Then there were the mindless commentators for NBC (who else?). They had obviously been spoon fed the Chinese government's lines about "harmony" (read: regimentation)and how the Communists had brought "stability and security" to he people of China. Well, maybe so, but look at that order, a total absence of individuality. All that was before these guys from NBC passed without analytical comment. Then there were the laughable concerns for environment, global warming and the like, concerns clearly not shared by those in power in China. ("Bejing, the city where birds cough.")

Orwell's story took place in 1984.

He was off by some 20 years.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Comments (1)
desert Rat said...

My reaction was much the same as Monterey John's, except that I was thinking of Leni Riefenstahl and Triumph of the Will about the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. Totalitarians, both fascist and communist (not that there's much difference between the two) know the power of pageantry. It is unfortunate that our media know neither history nor when they are being what Lenin called "useful idiots."