There was a lot worth noting about the Olympics closing ceremony Sunday night. Fat Boy Slim spinning jams from … an inflatable octopus. That awkward fashion show/David Bowie tribute. The Spice Girls reunion. (And, my neighbors might say, my loud, off-key singing during said reunion…)
But what really stood out to me was the interesting dynamic in the arena. Here were tens of thousands of citizens cheering an elite group of Olympians, who were in turn cheering an even more elite group of performers, like Annie Lennox and (shriek!) One Direction.