This week, WordPress has been asking us whether social media has changed the way we view the Olympics. My initial response was that it hasn’t. To be honest, the title they provided in theit blogpost acutally illustrated my relationship with the Olympics (and for most parts also sports in general): “Mind the Gap”. There is a huge gap between me on one side, sports on the other.
But starting to write this blogpost, I suddenly thought of how a friend tweeted about the sponsors of the Olympics. I then realized that they are the big shots who can easily get away with mistreating their employees, exploiting the communities they work in, and crushing local companies with equally good products by covering it up by actually producing excellent products and appear to do good deeds.
I do find that sports can be of and for the better. Some people might be saved by their interest in sports just as I and some of my friends have had our youth (and possibly the rest of our lives) saved by attending dramaschool. I believe that it is stuff like this that can make world peace a reality. When listening to Brian Laudrup speak of why he started the soccer school he started, it sounded just like the reason why I think that the dramaschool I attended was a success in my and my fellow student’s lives, among the reasons being the sense of community, teamwork, and discipline being developed.
But having the magnitude it has, the Olympics seem to be able to ruin a few things. I have heard so much about how overshadowing it was when being held in China; seemingly everything related to breaking what they may have broken of Western laws of human rights has been forgotten when it came to the Olympics. That’s not what I appreciate when I think of sports. That doesn’t seem like a decent interhuman team spirit to me.
I think that what I’m trying to say is that there are these huge organisations, be it in the shape of firms or countries, which can get away with too much by being associated to something perceived as good on the surface. And although I think I was aware of that as it was, I don’t think I would have been thinking too much of it if actions and opinions against it hadn’t been mentioned on the news or over the social media.
In conclusion to my opinion/viewing of the Olympics changing through the social media, I would have to say that I think it has. But not in the way that WordPress might have thought of; they spoke of speaking about the Olympics through social media. They spoke about viewing it, as in following it. I haven’t spoken of it because I don’t follow them (though I’m happy when hearing that Denmark won something), so I still stand by what I responded in their poll: That I haven’t spoken of it through my channels.
Or, word by word: “Not at all, the two are completely unrelated for me.” And so are I and sports in general. Even if I was in London this summer, I would probably be sitting in a theater instead of in a stadium. So please: mind the gap.