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(CBC)   IOC media policy for athletes and volunteers virtually guarantees a steady stream of pointless status updates with no real content. Yes, Facebook is an official social media partner, why do you ask?   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, online play, Olympic Committee, olympics, Queen's University, Olympic Park, Olympic Stadium, Arab Spring  
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2584 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Jul 2012 at 11:12 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-16 02:08:53 PM  
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Phinn: Yes, only certain corporations favored by the government shall benefit from this massive government-sponsored enterprise.

Which is guaranteed to cost more, and yield less benefit, than projected.

I keep seeing billboards and TV ads from the USOC, asking for donations to support the US olympic team, because "unlike other countries, they don't get any government money." Of course, no one mentions the corporate donations to the USOC, the various sport organizations, and the sponsorship contracts for some of the best athletes. (and here's the USOC's own webpage thanking corporate sponsors for their support: Link . And yet, they have the balls to take a whiny stance and beg for private donations to help support a team competing as representatives of the country? And then some jizzmoppers in government have the balls to complain when the US uses money they've sourced privately to engage in a private contract with a private corporation that happens to have outsourced its apparel production to China? It's just a clusterfark of early 20th century nationalism operating in the neoliberal 21st century.

Let's make this whole thing more open and honest. Do away with national teams and let corporations build their own teams. It'll be like the company softball team, but with world-class athletes competing for the glory of their financiers. fark America, and China, and Russia, and Saudi Arabia (congrats for finding two women with Saudi passports to compete on behalf of all the women in your country who are not allowed to play sports in public though, that's great stuff right there, a real human rights success story). I want to cheer for team Microsoft against team Coca-Cola. Will this be Unilever's year? Which mega-global corporate entity will sit atop the tables when all the events are done?
2012-07-16 11:21:23 AM  
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The more I hear, the less I care about the 2012 McDonalds Visa Heineken Facebook Olympic Games.
2012-07-16 11:18:21 AM  
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Who cares? The entire point of social media is that you opt-in to who you follow/read stuff from. I don't care that Michael Phelps "just ate a Subway sandwich and I'm ready to win gold #swimfast" so I'm not going to follow him.
2012-07-16 11:14:18 AM  
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