On the Sochi opening ceremonies

I for one was annoyed by NBC’s commentary during the opening ceremonies, even the more informed stuff by David Remnick.

Of course it’s important to remember that Putin is using these ceremonies to project a certain image of himself and his rule… and of course there are aspects of a nation’s history that get left out of this kind of spectacle…

But the best way to view Russian history is as a part of world history. Every aspect of that interpretation of history was as relevant to the American experience as those that made up the Chinese, Canadian, and British displays.

In my opinion, it should have been approached with a sense of artistic appreciation rather than warmed-over Kremlinology. It deserved at least the same sense of joy and significance that we are willing to assign to selfies of our athletes or the retirement of Jay Leno.

There will be plenty of time to talk about Putin, but we don’t make enough time to talk about history and art and wonder. This should have been one of those times.

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