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Update: The Olympic Blogosphere

Monday morning, I’m off to a happy start.  Got my cup of java to my left and my trusty mouse at the right, firing up my iTunes to download my daily podcasts.  Currently listening to CNet’s Buzz Out Loud online (episode 779).

Here’s an update from the Olympics post I made regarding China’s allegedly strict rules on internet information access to and fro journalists and “media” tourists covering/enjoying the Olympic festivities.  From a report by the New York Times, China has apparently heard and is “bowing to criticism from Olympic officials, foreign journalists and Western political leaders, and have lifted some of the restrictions that blocked Web sites at the main press center for the Games, although other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible Friday.

The government made no announcement about the partial lifting of its firewall, and it was unclear if the change would be temporary. The International Olympic Committee also sought Friday to counter statements by its top press official, who had suggested that I.O.C. negotiators had quietly acquiesced to the government’s restrictions.   (from a report by Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times)

This is a great turning point that will surely have a direct affect on the Olympic spirit.  I am hoping that bloggers too would find it easy to access their blogs not only in media centers but also in public internet access areas.  Complementing facts and figures that mainstream media offers, the world will benefit from experiential writing/media that bloggers are known for.   I, for one, would encourage blogging to be a part of the Olympic experience.  While blogging hasn’t really made a mark in the past 2004 Olympics, I believe NOW would be an opportune time to include it as part of the the Olympic fodder.  Would you agree?


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  1. Vincent McBurney says: 8/3/2008

    This is going to be a much bigger event for social media then all previous Olympics. In 2004 we didn’t have Twitter, YouTube or Facebook and WordPress was less than a year old so there will more sharing of content than ever before – a lot of it without IOC sanction! This is the first Summer Games where Olympians are allowed to blog and given the massive number of events and the tendency of parochial broadcasters to only talk about a small number of events it may be up to bloggers to give the widest coverage and to find the best stories.


  2. Jim says: 8/4/2008

    Exactly… :) But if a blog contained something that the Chinese government do not agree with… based on their information firewall system, that blog may be blocked.


  3. Ultimate Blogging Experiment says: 8/4/2008

    this is going to be an easy way for a lot of bloggers to make money. The Olympics is absolutely going to be huge and will probably take over sites like digg.


  4. Gary Baumgarten says: 8/7/2008 News Dissector Danny Schechter will talk about press restrictions surrounding the Olympics as my guest on News Talk Online on Friday August 7 at 5 PM New York time.

    To talk to Schechter please go to and click on the link to the show. There is no charge.



  5. chat says: 9/8/2008



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