Stupidity

by Mike Masnick




The First Rule Of The Olympics: You Can't Talk About The Olympics

from the stupid-stupid-marketing-policies dept

We've already talked about how the Olympics forced certain radio stations to pull their internet streams because they weren't approved for internet broadcasts of the Olympics, and now comes the news that no athletes participating in the games are allowed to talk about their experiences on websites. Considering the number of empty seats (and the weak television coverage), giving the games a more personal feel, letting the athletes talk for themselves (rather than those sappy profiles on TV) would help people to connect more with the games. That, though, would involve remembering that the games are actually about what happens in the events, and not how much the Olympics can squeeze out of sponsors. Haven't they figured out yet, that if no one cares about the games, no one will want to sponsor the Olympics any more? As for those who dare to disobey and actually talk about their experiences online? The Olympics are threatening to remove their credentials or possibly "take legal action for any monetary damages." Monetary damages? From posting your thoughts on the games? Seems pretty clear just how focused the Olympic organizers are on money instead of the athletes and the contests.

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    Canadian Guy, 20 Aug 2004 @ 5:44am

    Olympics? What olympics?

    The Olympics are such a farce. Almost every athlete seems to be drugged or doped up. Next comes gene therapy, etc etc.

    In canada we have more propaganda shoved on us than old style commie countries.

    We are shown "commercials" over and over again that explain to us the great and fantastic victories of the past, yet today we stand with 1 single medal....a bronze.

    What a frigging joke.

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