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England Swings [electronic resource]: Discontent in London Over the 2012 Olympics

ABC International
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Through a combination of social media hoopla and supercharged conventional coverage, the 2012 London Olympics-as well as the elaborate preparations for them-became a public sensation. But in the shadow of the Games, on the streets of a city bending over backward to host them, there seemed to be more eyeballs rolling than eyeballs drawn in by marketing campaigns. This program reports on the mood prevailing among a disenchanted cross-section of Londoners during the months leading up to the "Grumpylimpics," as some observers dubbed the long-anticipated but quietly begrudged event. From a community footballer irked at the loss of local playing fields to a respected British writer lamenting an urban landscape "enclosed in razor wire," the range of sentiment sheds light on a frequent disconnect between large-scale public relations and everyday, inconvenient realities.
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26 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 22, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Discontent in London Over the 2012 Olympics
  • Olympics Preparation (4:42)
  • Olympics Nightmare (4:21)
  • Ousted Residents (1:37)
  • Olympics Upbeat Ambassador (2:40)
  • Grumpylimpics (2:32)
  • Olympics "Land Grab" (2:03)
  • What the Olympics Give Back (2:23)
  • Olympics Legacy (2:47)
  • Olympics Optimism (1:30)
  • Credits: England Swings: Discontent in London Over the 2012 Olympics (0:30)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2012.
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50129 Films Media Group
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