Olympics

What is the biggest artistic demonstration of a nation·s image?

Hints: -It takes years of planning. - It occurs every two years in different cities and nations across the world. -It costs BILLIONS of dollars.

The Olympic Games!

Significance of Olympic Games
‡ The significance of the Olympic Games extends far beyond the pretext of athletic events.

Significance of Olympic Games
‡ The significance of the Olympic Games extends far beyond the pretext of athletic events.

Significance of Olympic Games
‡ Chance for a nation to reinforce, reconfigure, or newly create an image of itself to the world.
± People physically visiting the country/city. ± The artistic statement seen around the world: The Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony
‡ The use of the spectacle:
± General definition in relation to propaganda:
‡ an organization of appearances that are simultaneously enticing, deceptive, distracting and superficial.

± Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord*
‡ ´All that was once directly lived has become mere representation.µ ‡ ´a social relationship between people that is mediated by imagesµ

Today·s Lesson
‡ Spectacle: the controversies of Beijing 2008
± New York Times: ´Beijing Puts On Happy Face for Games, Without Wrinklesµ ± New York Times: ´China·s Leaders Try to Impress and Reassure Worldµ ± National Public Radio: ´With Olympics Over, China's Self-Confidence Soarsµ ± Reuters: ´Ethnic children faked at Games openingµ / Canadian Broadcasting Company: ´Beijing dazzles: Chinese history, athletes on parade as Olympics beginµ ± Human Rights Watch: ´Letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Regarding the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijingµ

‡ Olympic Mascots

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