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A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Finally found some others who agree with me

Seems there are others out there who agree with me that the NBC "Live" coverage of the Olympics is something less than honest.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/idiotbox/2008/08/when_is_live_actually_dead_and.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3id0839a35f93f4784a6d6fef182f43a3e

Not to mention the fancy GCI effects that were used in the Opening Ceremonies, and the less-than-forthcoming explanation by Costas and Lauer regarding them. I remember them saying what they said during the ceremony, but I never got the impression that some of the "fireworks" weren't actually fireworks.

But the "Live" issue is the big one to me. NBC says it's enough to put a time stamp on the screen twice an hour (and that time stamp doesn't really explain anything unless you're sitting there doing the math while you are watching) while leaving the word "LIVE" up on the screen the other 59 minutes of the hour. Why can't they just remove the "LIVE"? At the least, they should supplant it with "Recorded Earlier" for the duration that "LIVE" is up there.

Like the articles linked-to above say, it really does make it seem more exciting if you think you are watching something live...


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 8/19/2008 02:51:00 PM |


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