I'm actually a bit surprised that nobody's trotted out the old "we're talking about it, therefore the campaign is a SUCCESS" line. But that's probably because most people commenting are chinese expats and not adgrunts.
What's funny is how the commenters are so concerned about the details of the photos' provenance and how important it is that China have a trouble-free Olympics. As if there was no rioting in Lhasa, and as if the Han weren't beating, imprisoning, and killing Tibetan monks.
It's also pretty astonishing how much support the Chinese government has for its campaign of cultural genocide (yeah, I hate the term too, but what else do you call a systematic effort to wipe out a culture). I guess people from all over the world can be demagogued into embracing racism and xenophobia. Especially when they started out vicious, petty, and corrupt. And especially when they've been trained from birth to do what the money tells them.
I hope the Olympics are a big failure; with the world's economies teetering on the brink of disaster, no country can afford them. Prestige? China doesn't deserve it. Neither does the USA, for what it's worth. Fuck 'em all; fuck 'em all to hell.
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Pro-Chinese web commenters remind me of CoS nuts.
aye. Most recent comment said something about being the enemy of 1.3 million Chinese. Enemy? Is there a war being started over the bad photo geographic location labeling practices at Scanpix? What the eff?
Since the modern Olympics began as a display of nationalistic and military (ever wonder about the equestrian and shooting events?) prowess, politics have been not just present but essential to the Olympic process.
People who complain about politics in the Olympics are like people who complain about unfair play on Big Brother: dumb.
OH GAWD they won't stop. I just deleted like ten images of bleeding children and Iraqis being shot in the head and told a guy to quit it so now, obviously, I'm a coward. AAARRRGGHHH. Dare I go to bed without banning a whole chunk of IP#'s from the site. I'd hate to wake up and find that comment thread look like rotten.com again.
Last night I didn't dare (ticking off a bunch of chinese commenters when it's linked in ten chinese forums would make for a really restless sleep), but I do think this might be the first time ever that I do that.