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The Olympic torch – from Hitler to Headingley
"I think this particular response to the torch relay, though, also reveals a distinct measure of what I think of as ‘ritual anxiety’ – that is, an uneasiness around the whole idea of ritual activities. It’s something I see in relation to all sorts of other ritual occasions and commemorative events, and particularly strikes me on Valentine’s Day, when a whole army of people emerge every year to complain that we shouldn’t need a special day devoted to something we should be doing all the time, that it is meaningless, too commercialised, misogynistic etc. But it also crops up in relation to Christmas (goods in the shops too early, probably not really the date of the historical Jesus’ birth), Easter (it’s a pagan festival really!, no it’s not), and almost any other ritual or commemorative occasion you can name."I don't know anyone like that. Oh noooo.
society  ritual  Olympics  London2012 
july 2012 by gominokouhai
Welcome To The Security Games
Nothing here we didn't already know, but a nice summary.
Olympics  London2012  acab 
july 2012 by gominokouhai

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