British capitalism already has many of the hallmarks of Brezhnev-era socialist decline: macroeconomic stagnation, a population as much too bored as scared to protest about very much, a state that performs tongue-in-cheek legitimacy, politicians playing with statistics to try and delay the moment of economic reckoning.
Will Davies on the stagnation and repetition of neoliberal economic culture.
The BBC's new Olympics 2012 ad (full 2m40s version; SLYT)
is a CGI masterpiece for the video gamer era. (best viewed with YouTube HD resolution settings on) [more inside]
As a flag-waving Britain prepares
for the Jubilee
(or in the words of the comedy Twenty Twelve, 'Jubilympics
'), the nation seems divided between the wildly enthusiastic
and those suffering from Patriotism Fatigue
(link may be NSFW). James Ward (of Boring
fame) does a round-up of spurious Jubilympic themed products
, after consumption of which you may require a sick bag
"Everyone knows there’s a catastrophe unfolding, that few can afford to live in their own city. It was not always so." - China Miéville on Apocalyptic London
The British Olympic Committee unveiled
the logo and branding for London 2012
today, at a cost of £400,000 (USD796,000). Reaction
has been swift - a petition
to change the logo or go back to the old one
has already reached 10,000 signatures.