sound, fury, and the opening ceremonies

The opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics were many things: technologically sophisticated, elaborate, technically impressive - even "mighty." And yet, for the high-tech prowess, it lacked heart. It lacked spirit. It felt like one those special-effects driven blockbusters that forgot to develop plot and characters. Even the cast of thousands (mostly men!) with their synchronized shticks came to feel repetitive. All flash, no bang. Sound and fury, no significance. Bigger isn't necessarily better.

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