Generally I have serious problems with corporate culture and the influence of money, but I just can’t be upset with the Olympic movement. No matter how ugly things are behind the scenes, the international community is one in front of them. It’s like the UN — in spite of all the problems with each, at least people aren’t shooting… and there’s something to be said for that. Having them in my home city isn’t bad either.
With regard to the opening ceremonies… I loved most of it, especially the unity of the five tribes, which are due some time (finally) on the world stage, but I’m not sure about the cowboys and ho-down. Aside from the fact, that I have no idea what a ho-down actually is (I don’t know how many cowboys we’ve really got here in Salt Lake City, but I don’t think it’s that many), the narrative ignored the fact that the white men who came a ho-downin’ basically wiped their native American friends out. Ah well, guess you can’t have everything.
I just hope we Americans can keep our composure and be good hosts without descending into the kind of aggressive nationalism which has been rampant in this country since September 11th.