So, one of the big complaints right of out of the starting gate for this year’s summer games: The tape delays by NBC (and let’s not start on some of the “expert” idiotic commentary during some of the events…actually, yes, let’s get started on this…feel free to vent in a reply to this post).
Almost everything is taped and then replayed in primetime. Unfortunately, in the age of social media (and these were dubbed the Social Media Games, right?), results posted via Twitter and other forms of media provide a plethora of ‘spoiler alerts’. We already (well, those of us who are next to a computer all day or listen to the radio) know all the results — the good, the bad and the ugly. It almost makes you not want to watch because, why bother?
Take now, for example — and when I say ‘now’, I mean, Monday night when I am typing this (not Tuesday when this post is actually published…see, even this post will be delayed): As I type, the men’s gymnastics final is on. I already know the United States failed to win a medal and the countries who back-flipped, vaulted and swung away with hardware were China, Japan and Great Britain, in that order. So, instead of watching the taped event from start to finish, I decided to channel surf…30 Rock, the news, TMZ, Inside Edition, the BBC, CNN, Undercover Boss…
The 21st century ‘normal’ sharing of information at lightening speed (sorry, Usain Bolt, you’re fast but you’re not that fast)…I’m not sure how I feel about this (meanwhile, I’m tweeting, so who am I to judge…smh). The recent Euro and World Cups didn’t bother me as much, but this whole Olympics coverage is bugging the heck out of me. I long for the good old days when I would rush home to plant myself in front of the box-like electronic device with images being piped through it. Alas, those days are a distant memory. On a night like tonight (and again, ‘tonight’ is delayed to the publishing of this post today), I went to dinner — and didn’t even give it a second thought. After all, I already knew the outcomes, and I would simply casually watch the replays…whenever.
‘Live from London!’ Oh, wait. No, these Olympics are delayed and so is this post.
P.S. On the subject of Usain Bolt, and frankly, track and field (well, track) events, I’m of the mindset that NBC, together with the IOC, have planned the timing of these events carefully. If they haven’t, they’ll have a lot more problems than loud, heaping criticisms regarding delays.