Saturday, August 9, 2008
In Olympics News . . .
. . . it seems as though everyone must have switched flags!
Here in India, as in many other countries, there’s only one channel that is showing the Olympics. Here, it’s a government channel, and they seem to get most of their feed showing actual events from the BBC’s coverage – and there’s a very marked change in quality when it moves to coverage initiated by the Indian networks. For example, video footage of an air-rifle competition (in which there was an Indian who came in something like 42nd out of 48 competitors) that clearly came from a hand-held camcorder in the audience. And a listing of the medal standings with the wrong flags next to country names.
Then again, I don’t pretend to know everything. Maybe there’s been some mass switching of flags by all the countries involved in the Olympics – perhaps all the heads of state threw all the flags into a hat and drew new ones out, saying something about the “spirit of the Olympics.” Still, I’d be surprised.