Does Olympic Apathy Make You Un-American [POLL]
UPDATE: SINCE I LAST POSTED THIS: MICHAEL PHELPS JUST WON HIS 19TH GOLD MEDAL.
HOPE I DIDN’T RUIN THE SURPRISE FOR YOU.
WILL YOU STILL BE WATCHING?
Woo to the hoo!
It’s just another TV show…and another chance for Bob Costas to liberally apply the pancake and “Just for Men”, and wax philosophic about the meaning of the games, all the while shilling for the upcoming season of “The Voice!”
Does the fact that we have a few athletes from our neck of the woods, according to this,
make the Olympics at least one iota more interesting?
Outside of the opening ceremony, and the closing ceremonies, do you even watch? Assuming you even care about the ceremonies?
And even with the opening ceremonies, I think I fell asleep during “Bulgaria”…and woke up in time to see Paul McCartney do “Hey Jude!”
Nice, but other than that, watching the Olympics to me was the bridge between “60 Minutes” and “Homeland”…and even at that, what with all the commercials, I found myself flipping over to ESPN to watch the Yankees and Red Sox.
The other thing about the coverage is watching an event where you already know the outcome.
Let’s fact it…the Dream Team, or US Basketball Team, is going to kick the ass of any of other entrants.
It’s a given, so why even bother watching.
And then there’s the fact that since most of us have Twitter, the outcome of most of the other events is anti climatic!
The online complaints focused Saturday on NBC’s decision to air the marquee swimming event won by American Ryan Lochte on tape delay in prime time, and Friday on the network not streaming the opening ceremony online.
Sunday’s critics started early: people wondering why the U.S. men’s basketball team’s opening game aired on a cable network while women’s cycling was shown on NBC.
Complaints about tape delayed coverage are an evergreen with Olympics held on foreign soil. But the London Games are the first with Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites in full flower, in a mobile phone era where people carry computers that instantly deliver news in their pockets. It has amplified the impatience of viewers who want to see events on their large-screen TVs instantly and haven’t been mollified by NBC’s decision to stream the events live online.
NBC can point to television ratings justifying their approach. The Nielsen company said the opening ceremony drew more than 40 million people Friday, the most ever for one of those Olympic events, and Saturday’s first night of coverage saw overnight ratings up 8 percent from Beijing four years ago. Many at NBC believe the social media conversation only fuels viewership.
But not with me.
Unless I had an emotional stake in the outcome of whatever event was taking place.
So while there’s that tinge of feeling “un-American” for not caring about the Olympics…still, you have to look upon it as a marketing tool to promote NBC’s primetime lineup.
Sad but true.
Do you feel un-American for not caring about the Olympics? Please comment below: