So I caught some of the Olympics opening ceremony on a Ukrainian website. It was pretty amazing. But I would have liked to have watched the whole thing live and not felt like a hacker while I was doing it. Sorry. NBC wasn't showing it. More important stuff to report. Maybe something on Britney or whatever.
I'll wait until this evening to check it out -- undoubtedly a highly-edited version.
It's pretty irritating, though, to be forced to miss the show. I mean the ceremony "was predicted to be the most watched television event in history, with 2.3 billion viewers tuning in live," the Post reported. Why wasn't it shown live? Only NBC knows for sure.
But, to me, it's indicative of something -- and that's not just that "money makes the world go round." It bespeaks of an insularity in this country. I've noticed this in Olympics past. I was in China for the Games in Athens. The coverage by China's Central Television was stellar -- a lot of events, not all of them dominated by China, of all sports, even obscure ones and not just ones Chinese are good at. Same held true for the Sydney Games which also found me in Beijing.
I know from friends that that's never been the case here. Don't expect broad and deep coverage from the American networks. It's pretty much going to be "all the way with USA...." Who's acting like a superpower now?