Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE BEIJING OLYMPICS

So. Apparently China's Communist Party has kicked off a "morality drive" in Beijing this month, to ready denizens for the 2008 commerce- and politics- fest that is the Summer Olympics.

In the next 2 years, the Chinese government hopes to train its residents such skills as picking up canine droppings, refraining from public spitting, resisting the temptation to lie/steal/shove and the like... through the display of preachy posters.

I don't know about the Chinese, but if someone put a big poster on my wall tomorrow instructing me on the importance of being punctual, I can't say it would necessarily be effective.

Still, you gotta give it to them for trying - even if it's a quasi-Orwellian mind-fuck. I can already imagine the dramas (and comedies) that will unfold in Beijing in 2008.

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