Friday, August 8, 2008

Mandarin, Anyone

Working my way through the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games and as I watch I'm feeling... well... threatened. That's 15,000 people working in perfect, precise harmony. They've spent 300 million dollars for this spectacle. That's an LED screen the size of a football field. If their intention was to send a shiver through our collective spines, they've succeeded.

Start teaching your kids Mandarin because our offspring will be working for the Chinese in twenty years. We already owe them more money than anybody else. Mark my words - this ceremony will be looked back upon by future generations as the starting gun and the rest of the world - not just the business community, but the general population - is now looking to the East with a sense of shock and awe.

America, you're twentieth century, baby. Tomorrow belongs to China.

5 comments:

Curry Favor said...

Their lack of individualistic creativity will be their undoing. Fireworks were awesome though.

arlopop said...

wholeheartedly agree with you, but they don't need creativity when they can copy anything (See Banks egg piece) by pouring human capital into it.

Steve said...

They will all die from mercury within a generation. Mark my words! Heed my call!! Too much coal burning!!!

Kate said...

China has some severe environmental problems, like something out of a cyberpunk novel. Leaded gasoline, inefficient coal use, chemical spills... not to mention the high number of tobacco users.

Learning Mandarin is a good idea, however. Take a peek at www.zhongwenred.com for a lot of materials - it's a good place to start for the curious.

Hipster Pit said...

Case in point (re: fakin'): http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OLY_CHINA_LIP_SYNCHED_SONG?SITE=MAFIT&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT