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Reasons to hate the Olympics, 5: An orgy of advertising

Much more has been written about this elsewhere (I’m going to link to some relevant articles), but some points are worth reiterating and compiling: The Olympic Games are an advertiser’s wet dream, because: 1. The Olympic Act makes provision for … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics, 4: Beijing 2008

Throughout the last decade people have been being evicted from housing in Beijing to make way for construction projects with little compensation, often accompanied by threats of violence. The Olympics was no exception to this, with UNESCO estimating that 580,000 … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics 3: the destruction of East London

A huge amount of common land (football pitches, allotments, public paths) has been appropriated for the Olympic Games, especially around Hackney and Tower Hamlets. In keeping with the spirit of the whole project, this has been accompanied by an increased … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics 2: weapons

A so-called Rapier missile launcher on Blackheath, London. A photo of the “Starstreak” missiles installed on residential flats in Bow, from Brian Whelan’s website. It seems to have perversely become part of the Olympics branding to insist that the Games … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics, 1: the media

First in what could be a conceivably endless series of posts on the smell of bullshit floating around the Olympic Games. Exhibit A is this shockingly inept piece of journalism from the Guardian, who a few months ago decided it … Continue reading

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