The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land Grabs and Liberty. Reporting the London Olympics
Speaker(s): Mark Saunders, Martin Slavin
Recorded on 28 May 2009 in New Theatre, East Building.
The Olympics are brief and transitory television events that disguise and justify mega projects of vast urban restructuring that permanently distort our cities for the benefit of a few business interests. The common features of these mega projects are unprecedented land grabs, the peddling of myths of 'regeneration' and 'legacy' benefits, the sweeping away of democratic structures and planning restraints, the transfer of public money into private hands, and 'information management' to hide truths and silence critics.