Great first hand report about the Olympics from Mark Alexander over at Enterstageright.com. Did you know there was a phony office building in the middle of downtown? Not a peep from the muddlestream media of which I am aware.
Having just returned from Beijing, where I was the guest with a corporate association, it was a bit disconcerting to watch NBC’s glossy coverage of the Olympic games, and China in general, and to endure the echo NBC’s coverage is receiving through other media outlets. The network dared not venture off the reservation, and its coverage offered no observation on the obfuscation outside the Olympic village.
Of course, it’s the Year of the Rat.
In Beijing, amid the very real modern architecture, there is a modern marvel of an office building which occupies an entire city block. Upon closer inspection, however, it is actually nothing more than a very large frame covered by enormous sheets of vinyl on which had been printed features that might be on a modern building. From major thoroughfares, that building blocks a sea of dilapidated Soviet-era apartment buildings. The vinyl screen even featured two businessmen looking out a window, perhaps speculating on whether the wind would blow them away.