Saturday, May 19, 2012

(rain)bow to whom?? London Olympics 2012 Mascots


"Wenlock - Official Mascot Of The 2012 London Olympics
On the official London 2012 website, we are told that Wenlock, the official mascot of the 2012 London Olympics, has a camera for an eye because that "lets Wenlock record everything".
How creepy is that?
No matter what Wenlock is doing, he is always watching and always recording...."

A recent Vanity Fair article by Michael Joseph Gross contained some additional details about Wenlock....
Even the 2012 cartoon mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, have the notion of surveillance built into their design. Wenlock and Mandeville are two slightly different-shaped silver blobs, meant to be drops of steel taken “from the last huge girder of the Olympic Stadium.” Each of their faces is taken up entirely by a single eye, which is meant to be a camera lens. The packaging for the plush-toy versions of both figures explains, “My single eye is like a camera letting me record everything I see.” (locog has also licensed toy versions of London bobbies and Buckingham Palace guards with camera lenses for faces.) Is the idea of giving children a surveillance toy, I asked Johnson, just a little creepy?
“Are you referring to Mandeville and Wenlock?” the mayor replied. “The thing that children up and down the country, indeed across the planet, are crying out to their parents to buy them for Christmas? Are you referring to our national icons as creepy? I think that’s—they will be, if they are not already, as cherished and as sought-after as—uh ... Schtroumpfs. Or Smurfs. They are the Schtroumpfs du jour. They will be infinitely collectible. What to you is a creepy, monocular, Cyclopean android-type thing is to many children a lovable, hilarious, uh, individual—that will comfort them at night.”

Of course this is going to do nothing to reduce the reputation the UK has for being a Big Brother surveillance society.
In the UK today, there are more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world. It has been estimated that there are close to 5 million surveillance cameras in the UK constantly watching every move that people make.
So Wenlock is a perfect mascot for an Olympics to be held in London.
The message that this "cute" little Olympic mascot sends is very clear....
Big Brother is watching you." LINK with thanks to Manal Fahmi!


out of a rainbow...


"Then the satraps, the administrators, and governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5That at what time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up:
6And whosoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
...
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18But if not, be it known unto you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up."

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