People as pixels 1

 Communist tyrannies typically use people as pixels in vast and spectacular displays of perfectly rehearsed co-ordination. The opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Beijing was the latest example. 

Writing chiefly about the Russian invasion of Georgia, George Will comments in Townhall:

What is it about August? The First World War began in August 1914. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact effectively announced the Second World War in August 1939. Iraq, a fragment of the collapse of empires precipitated by August 1914, invaded Kuwait in August 1990.

This year’s August upheaval coincides, probably not coincidentally, with the world’s preoccupation with that charade of international comity, the Olympics. For only the third time in 72 years (Berlin 1936, Moscow 1980), the games are being hosted by a tyrannical regime, the mind of which was displayed in the opening ceremony featuring thousands of drummers, each face contorted with the same grotesquely frozen grin. It was a tableau of the miniaturization of the individual and the subordination of individuality to the collective. Not since the Nazi’s 1934 Nuremberg rally, which Leni Riefenstahl turned into the film "Triumph of the Will," has tyranny been so brazenly tarted up as art.

A worldwide audience of billions swooned over the Beijing ceremony. Who remembers 1934? Or anything.

 

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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  • A. Robertson

    People as Pixels– That is the most brilliant description of communist tyrannies I have ever heard. Great Blog!