Why NBC Should Be Fired

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  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    I haven’t been able to watch any of the Olympics because I don’t have a tv. :( 

    But I like what you said about how this is supposed to be something where the whole world comes together, and if NBC is only focusing on the Americans, and only values their hard work if they win gold… that’s just wrong.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      Check out the expat shield – then you can watch bbc on your computer!

  • Rich Shields

    Absolutely great post, Caris! So on target with your observations. Sometimes I would have to turn the channel, just for a real sanity check. NBC announcers have spoiled watching the Olympics. And I have been watching the Olympics since 1960.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      It seems like when I watched it when I was younger that they were better, but maybe not.

  • Andrew Carmichael

    Last week I was in Germany and had the privilege to watch the initial days of the Olympics on German TV. Although they highlighted German athletes, it was not the exclusive focus and binge that NBC presents. Now that I’m back home I feel just like you do. What NBC presents unfortunately seems to appeal to most Americans who want the Olympics to be a ra-ra American pep rally, where we go away with a renewed sense of our superiority.

    I’ve also had the opportunity to watch the Olympics on Canadian, Finnish and Russian television. The Russian broadcast is probably the most similar to the NBC, but even theirs was not such a big pep rally with super-hyped build up to the winners. 

    Thanks for the link to Expat Shield. I’m going to have to check it out because I don’t think  I can take much more of the NBC diet.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      That would have been such a cool experience to see all the different takes on it.  Yeah BBC is so much better.  I’ve been watching it non-stop.

      • Andrew Carmichael

        Thanks to you I could spend my evening watching some sports I’d never seen, like women’s (field) hockey. Many, many thanks for this helpful link!!

        Unfortunately I read somewhere today that NBC’s viewing percentage is actually up over the previous Olympics, guaranteeing we’ll continue to get the same drivel we currently do.

        • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

          Isn’t it great?  We’ve really gotten into the skulls and rowing.  And trampoline today.  It’s so fun!