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Theodor Adorno

Adorno Watches the Olympics

7 August, 2016The Olympic “spirit” has now become obligatory. Undergirded by unifying myth and ritual, the ancient games once provided some sense of the whole; today, these “modern” games would insist upon a partial return to events lost to memory and to history–this time staged as a barbaric parody of the whole—if only they did not insist so seriously. The crashing banality of the “Olympic theme” everywhere assaults the ear, a sickening Hollywood confection played in “loops” in broadcasts so that eventually its demands on individual consciousness mark the entire spectacle with an inescapable, only too recognizable, constantly repeated and Read more