Spectacle culture at its most spectacular

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Check out Doug Mills‘ photos of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies in the slide show on the front page of today’s NY TImes online. There is some combination of beauty and horror in the pictures of fireworks, military legions and legions of costumed performers. It’s right out of Leni Riefenstahl.

Interestingly, if you put “beijing olympics” into the search engine at flickr what comes up on the first page are a big number of boycott the olympics images and free Tibet images including one photo that provoked a heated exchange about whether things have changed in China since Tiananmen Square.

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olympics, spectacle

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