Monday, August 18, 2008

The Olympic Video Ban

Usain Bolt - 100m Final Beijing 2008 - Video
Uploaded by jeshc18

This world record was broken on Saturday, and I kid you not when I say this is the first time I've been able to track down any video evidence of it. And it's not as if I've only been looking on YouTube. I tuned into every sports channel I have access to (TSN, Sportsnet, The Score) on Saturday night and could get nothing more than those ridiculous still images with music playing in the background. That's right: still images. I half expected my neighbour to ride over in his horse and buggy to see if I wanted help sweeping my chimney.

To paraphrase the great George Carlin: In a country where you can buy cinnamon dental floss, cheese in a spray can, and edible women't panties, how is it possible that we live in a society that denies us access to video footage of the greatest sporting events of our generation?

Because it isn't only Usain Bolt's unfathomable world record that has been impossible to find. I'm not sure if you've heard, but apparently Michael Phelps has won a few gold medals in these Olympics as well. But just like with Bolt's world record run, video evidence of Phelps' astonishing accomplishments have been guarded more closely than Area 51.

I find it more than just a little ironic that we're all making such a huge story of the fact that the Communist Government places restrictions on access to online information in the People's Republic, yet right here at home, NBC is "bottling up" information in a similar fashion, and nobody seems to bat an eye. I guess we all just accept the "all in the name of profit" excuse and move on with our lives.

A sad time for democracy indeed.

1 comment:

Sean McCallum said...

As if to prove my point, the facists in the Thought Police took down the video I had embedded in this post.

If you want a super low quality version of the race, go to this link:

But you'd better go quickly, because soon there will be no video evidence whatsoever that these Olympics actually took place.