Stylistic Devices In The Opening Ceremony

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Another tendency noted in the British newspapers is the frequent use of stylistic devices such as oxymoron, antithesis or paradoxes, in order to describe the opening ceremony and Britain. Most of them were retrieved from The Guardian, but they were present in all the newspapers:
The latter sentence suggests that the opening ceremony, and by extension the country itself, tends to be described as a contradictory entity. This tendency is confirmed above all in The Guardian and in The Times. As far as the adjectives are concerned, one can see that The Guardian is more objective than The Independent, which only showcased Britain and the opening ceremony under a very positive light. However, a majority of positive qualifications were used, and Matthew Caines, from The Guardian, pointed out that the newspaper was “pretty much all out of adjectives” to describe the spectacle.

On the other hand,
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Reaction to Boyle’s Socialist Vision of the United Kingdom

Whereas the majority of the audience praised the opening ceremony, some did not agree with the general burst of enthusiasm. As mentioned in a previous section, one recurrent negative adjective that was used in all of the newspapers that have been analysed is the word “leftie”.

That controversy ensued from a series of tweets posted by the British Conservative Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase, Aidan Burley, on July 27, 2012, during the London 2012 opening ceremony. The MP fiercely denounced the social and multicultural aspect depicted in the spectacle, labelling it “leftie, multicultural crap”. The actual tweets were:

The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a Communist state! Welfare Tribute next?
Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie-multicultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!

Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism

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