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Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China (2008)

by Monroe Price, Daniel Dayan

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I'm not sure what this book is meant to be; I was looking for more information on the transformation of China. This book contained a series of essays that read like a behind the scenes narrative of what was happening during the lead-up to the 2008 Bejing Olympics in regards to Chinese propaganda. They were interesting, in and of their own right, as far as a look at how a country or an entity shapes the spin surrounding it. But as a casual viewer of the Olympic Games, I didn't find myself learning any more or deepening my interest in the sporting events. The scholarly tone was hard to get into and made for dry reading. This struck me as something that could be looked at in a government or communications college-level course rather than for the casual reader. ( )
  marymuse | Jun 18, 2011 |
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This was an interesting read, but is more of a snapshot-in-time than a lasting volume. The articles need to be read in the context of what actually happened at the Games and it would be well-suited to pair with a volume describing that. ( )
  heiwahito | Feb 8, 2010 |
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Owning the Olympics is a technical volume on the role of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in contemporary Chinese propaganda. The papers contained within are contributed by a variety of authors with differing perspectives and experience, and provide a wide perspective on the 2008 Olympics. While of limited long-term interest to the general public, the text does provide a good review of the role of sports events in national rebranding campaigns and the manner in which China has been re-envisioning its national identity and its international status, as well as the sacrifices China has been willing to make in terms of the environment and human rights in order to gain international influence.

Not a universal text, but an interesting one. ( )
  sinister_wombat | Jan 2, 2010 |
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This book offered a very thorough exploration of the politics and sociological impact of the Olympics on modern China. Many subjects were explored in detail from many viewpoints, and as such this book seems it could provide a scholar with an excellent resource for learning more about this subject. Unfortunately, this book was a bit of a difficult read for the less academically minded, and read more like a scholarly journal than the collection of narratives prommised by the cover. ( )
  jen.hock | Oct 2, 2009 |
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This was an interesting collection of writings that just never really 'clicked' with me. It felt more like a textbook than a book meant for mass consumption. A bit more of an effort on the part of the individual writers to connect with their audience would have been appreciated, it felt like each entry had been written for an entirely different purpose than for this book.

That being said, each entry was well written, and there were some that I would have enjoyed reading more of.

If you're interested in the Beijing Olympic Games, and the politics/history of the Games and the city choices and how they are won/lost and marketed, you'll like this book. ( )
  camelama | Oct 2, 2009 |
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"A major contribution to the study of global events in times of global media. Owning the Olympics tests the possibilities and limits of the concept of 'media events' by analyzing the mega-event of the information age: the Beijing Olympics. . . . A good read from cover to cover."
—Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University

From the moment they were announced, the Beijing Games were a major media event and the focus of intense scrutiny and speculation. In contrast to earlier such events, however, the Beijing Games are also unfolding in a newly volatile global media environment that is no longer monopolized by broadcast media. The dramatic expansion of media outlets and the growth of mobile communications technology have changed the nature of media events, making it significantly more difficult to regulate them or control their meaning. This volatility is reflected in the multiple, well-publicized controversies characterizing the run-up to Beijing 2008. According to many Western commentators, the People's Republic of China seized the Olympics as an opportunity to reinvent itself as the "New China"---a global leader in economics, technology, and environmental issues, with an improving human-rights record. But China's maneuverings have also been hotly contested by diverse global voices, including prominent human-rights advocates, all seeking to displace the official story of the Games.

Bringing together a distinguished group of scholars from Chinese studies, human rights, media studies, law, and other fields, Owning the Olympics reveals how multiple entities---including the Chinese Communist Party itself---seek to influence and control the narratives through which the Beijing Games will be understood.

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