Olympic opening ceremony: Nationhood as a theme park – the view from TV
Given that, over the past year, somebody has popped up on the BBC once every 10 seconds to tell us "the wait is almost over," it's hard to believe we have now emerged blinking on the other side, and put Danny Boyle's Olympics Opening Ceremony behind us.
Given that, over the past year, somebody has popped up on the BBC once every 10 seconds to tell us \"the wait is almost over,\" it's hard to believe we have now emerged blinking on the other side, and put Danny Boyle's Olympics Opening Ceremony behind us.
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By Damien Love
All the same, for us as well as the global TV audience, it's still too early to tackle what it was all supposed to mean.
That's best left to tomorrow's conspiracy theorists: arguing whether Paul McCartney deliberately screwed up "Hey Jude" as one last, despairing gesture toward protest; debating if Kenneth Branagh really resembled a camp, evil Abe Lincoln robot more than anyone's idea of Isambard Kingdom Brunel; and trying to work out if the clips they're watching are even from the 2012 opening ceremony, or David Bowie's Glass Spider tour of 1987.
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