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Comments on: A Black and White Issue? http://designnotes.info/?p=1345 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: michaelsurtees http://designnotes.info/?p=1345&cpage=1#comment-99282 Sat, 19 Apr 2008 01:37:32 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1345#comment-99282 true – those are some good points to consider

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By: James http://designnotes.info/?p=1345&cpage=1#comment-99281 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 17:47:48 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1345#comment-99281 First off, I can confidently say that I refuse to compete in this year's Olympics. Beyond that, I'm confused.

If the U.S. refuses to participate, that sends a powerful message. If we refused to participate when the 1980 games were in Moscow because we did not like the Communist agenda, shouldn't we boycott a country that shoots its monks and tortures its journalists?

This won't happen for a number of realpolitik reasons, so is the burden now on me? If I don't watch, how will this free Tibet? Beijing is not going to say “Wow, viewership is way down and our advertisers are getting nervous – we ought to grant Tibet autonomy.”

Watch the Olympics, but keep the Tibet issue visible. Let's figure out why the UN and the US have been so slow to address it. After the games are over, the issue should not return to being the sole property of Richard Gere and the Beastie Boys.

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By: michaelsurtees http://designnotes.info/?p=1345&cpage=1#comment-99283 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 05:10:30 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1345#comment-99283 thanks for the insight adrian – i'll be sure to pick up that issue of Good you mention and take a look

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By: Adrian Shum http://designnotes.info/?p=1345&cpage=1#comment-99284 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:45:57 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1345#comment-99284 Michael, I find myself to be in a similar situation. Being a Canadian of Chinese descent, I am somewhat 'on-the-fence' with the over-politicization of the games through the media. In my opinion, there are many issues facing China as a rapidly growing, industrial nation… but, what country can claim to be free of problem? The latest issue of GOOD Magazine has some great feature articles on China, I'd recommend everyone to read them, you're bound to come across something you didn't know.

The Olympics should remain non-political, concentrate on 'fair' competition and respect for the athletes. In my opinion, the Olympics could represent the ideal world model, where one person from a different culture/religion/etc. can stand beside one another with respect, admiration and/or resolve their differences through non-lethal, competitive sport. I guess we'll just have to wait and see…

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