It’s been a few days since the Olympic Torch graced Canberra and I, like most others I would assume, had put the whole thing to the back of my mind with the knowledge that issues of sport, symbolism and politics would once rise again in the media spotlight come the kick off of the games.
Then I had a look over on the Concat and discovered some commentary on Canberra leg of the relay I thought worth sharing with the rest of you.
The first is a good comparison of differing world views with links to the China Daily and to RiotACT for the various viewpoints. Included is a youtube video mashup of local and national media of our leg which has got some rather heated and one eyed responses to it.
The second is a interesting analysis of how uninformed, lazy or patronising our media is, showing examples where news coverage of protests in Canberra focus on Tibet v China when there are numerous other factions out with a grievance against Kev’s red mates; the South Vietnamese being the example shown on the Concat. In discussions with a friend in the police force the pre-relay intel was more interested in the movements and potential actions of East Turkistan activists then of the Free Tibet movement.
As a final note it seems odd to me that the Western Democracies, self appointed spokesperson there of being one J. Stanhope, expound the benefits of our system of governance when speaking to the massed Chinese “supporters”. If a system, our system, of numbers makes right was exported globally does he not get that we would all be out voted by China?