Friday, February 15, 2008

IOC Continues to be Totalitarian and Out of Touch

Seriously. IOC Reuluctantly OKs Blogs at Beijing. Forget "reluctantly," and check out the restrictions:
"It is required that, when accredited persons at the Games post any Olympic content, it be confined solely to their own personal Olympic-related experience," it said. Bloggers during the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics are banned from posting any Olympic Games visual or audio material and any confidential information on third parties. Athletes or officials who blog can only post still pictures taken outside accredited areas or their own pictures taken within these areas that do not contain any sporting action.
And why? Entirely to protect their income from TV contracts and the like. I hope every single person viewing the games also blogs about it, and posts every photo and video taken with their mobile phone. As lame as this is now, how insanely irrelevant will this policy look in another 4 years? Or in 20?

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