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?