I have been waiting to watch some folks I know from Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands as they compete in skeleton and bobsled. it is ironic in that I tried to follow a few of the USA sliders, but their media feeds had me go, “why all the hype? ”
if you compare the feeds, you see that there appears to be a smidgen more humility in the European athletes. perhaps that is why I almost went and got my hearing checked with what I thought I heard from the American Olympic commentators.
if they need someone to fact check cultural differences, I can help. I worked in about 50 countries (a tiny portion of the actual globe) , and could not believe the top people at the desks really either didn’t know? had some producer telling them what to say in their earbud? or the scariest part might be, “how can people be so devoid of life outside the borders of the USA?"
the last idea frightens me. yet, if you get out of the USA and hear the media elsewhere on the world and come back in. you quickly realized that the media and journalism are going the way of the nano-second, manipulation of facts is rampant, and a lot get news now with the social media news sources (aka- a friend of a friend clicked like and passed along some information 140 characters in length that explains quantum physics in its entirety!) this pattern should terrify any sane person, or one that asks, "why?" and expects a sincere answer.
the only enemy we probably really should be worried about as a country is ourselves
there was a well-heeled announcer made a gaffe about Japan-Korean politics. he sits on the board of the Kissinger group, which is almost like the gatekeeper to China and the guy didn’t realize the animosity from ww2 that still lingers to this day between the two governments? did he not see the special lines in customs for certain countries? (it works the other way too)
Katie Couric (sp?) was I guess trying to fill the air with some fun history and tidbits by explaining that Dutch people ice skate (snip.) basically it now makes sense why many outside the USA ask, “how can such a country with opportunity like the usa, be so seemingly self absorbed?”
then you have to add the propaganda department of political and social machines running rampant from North Korean cheerleaders to free meek mill. We did a show in Taejon once that was a world fair, but we called it a state fair, as all the techs would be sent to sit outside and smoke a cigarette or have a coffee while the local officials were telling the bosses, “look what we did!” (notice the hype and bs factor of this post)
I digress…I have to confess that I was impressed with the hostesses for that world fair. they were stunning beauty models. thus, i get confused to hear someone complaining about the North Korean cheerleaders, the vice president of the usa, Kim Jong-un, something about LGBT and vice president pence. Isn’t the Olympics about sports? ideally amateur sports and athletes from around the planet? what has it become?
I always tell people from outside the usa about the media wall and the reality of geography, size of the country, ethnicity and all the things one can see within the country - there is a lot– and really makes it easy not to go travel all over the planet and live mark twain explaining that travel is the great killer of racism, cultural bias, religious and political lunacy as it allows people to simply meet with other people that are different.
what I realize with the talking heads that are pushed overseas from American media is that they simply go sit in another 5-star hotel to report a story and really probably don’t get the story/people/culture. then they jet back home on a private jet, to chase the next hot story where it seems 140 characters hold more weight than actually reporting the news.
grandma always said, “most are not stupid, they simply are ignorant. the difference is that if you are ignorant, you didn’t know. but you become stupid when you know and keep doing the same thing.”
I would like to simply say the broadcasters are ignorant. but how can I – they traveled around and work for global multinationals. I want to blame it on ignorance, but when you pay billions of dollars for an event in television rights….
ok, maybe they are stupid? is the American people that are ignorant? or visa versa?
I just watch with the volume off. I have to confess these are amazing athletes in non-mainstream events. it is something amazing to watch how good they really are.
enough…I am reminded that when the Iraq war and events with Kuwait started 80% of people in the USA could not identify the location of Iraq on a map. I just have to remember to turn the volume to mute when I watch the Olympic games.