Back in October I was asked by Gill Ridgley from the British Library to contribute a short article relating to social media and the Olympic Games for their special-issue website for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The article “Occupying the Olympic Games: Resisting 2012” has now been published on (a newly prepared) section on anti-olympic protests on the British Library site. It’s good to see that these issues are now being included in the debate, especially in terms of ‘academic/research’ legacy from London 2012 – making a distinction between protest and resistance and the terrorist attack rhetoric. There is a list of resources and further reading on the site if you are interested in looking further issues relating to the critique of the Olympic industry.
The direct link to my article is here [.pdf] and I will be presenting an extended version of this paper at the Sport and Politics Association Sports Politics, Media and Identity conference in Southampton on the 24th of February.