From the Editors
It's a sporting event that brings people together once every four years: crying about Olympics TV coverage! "If pissing off the Olympic audience were an event in London, NBC would be winning gold, silver, and bronze, every single night," says Business Insider. "Please don't watch NBC tonight. Or any night," says TechCrunch. The gripes are spewing all over Twitter (because it's the "Twitter Olympics," says CNN Tech.) Wah! Don't cry, Boehner Baby! One guy - a legit-ish news reporter named Guy --- even complained about NBC so much, on Twitter, that NBC and Twitter conspired to suspend his account! Boing Boing explains: "Twitter suspended Guy Adams, a journalist from the UK paper The Independent, after Adams posted the email address of an NBC exec and urged his followers to send in email complaining about the network's (shamefully bad) handling of its Olympics broadcasts." Shamefully bad! Also, Twitter was shamefully bad and "totally, boneheadedly stupid" for that censorship, because GMail addresses are tweeted on Twitter all the time anyway. "People tweet out email addresses every minute (here's a search for Gmail addresses being tweeted right now)," says The Next Web (though maybe most of those are shared voluntarily?). It gets worse, the Boing people report...
"Twitter has confirmed that their own employees alerted NBC - who are working in partnership with Twitter on the Olympics - that the Adams had tweeted the email address of an NBC executive, and encouraged NBC to fill in a form officially complaining." Spoiler alert: the reporter's account soon was reinstated, and he joked that the incident made him feel "like Nelson Mandela walking through the streets of Cape Town, circa 1990." There you go. The egg remains on NBC's face, though, because the suspension "amplified Adams's message rather than minimizing it," says The Atlantic, with a chart to prove it.
Oh - the big complaint against NBC? They are saving video of live London events until USA prime time, to get a bigger audience (for the audience and advertisers). As Simon Dumenco at Ad Age explains: "Some people are throwing hissy fits because NBC is showing tape-delayed events during American prime time, and in some cases those people - horrors! - have already found out who won those events via news reports and social media." Yes, you can watch stuff live at NBC's web site, which people who are active tweeters presumably can figure out how to do. But apparently everybody wants to watch events live on REAL TV SETS in the middle of the weekday. "How many people in America who are gainfully employed have the sorts of jobs where they can actually stop working during the day if they feel like it and instead watch the Olympics? For starters, I guess, cranky-ass bloggers who can set their own hours," Dumenco says. A Web producer for an NBC affiliate, in a blog post on his station's website, said enough with the whiners: "Put down your smartphone. Close your Facebook account and get back to work."
There are actual sports happening on London Town too. There's been debate about whether swimmer Michael Phelps now is the greatest Olympic athlete of all time, since he's won the most medals ever, competing in a sport where one person can win the most individual medals (eight per Games, which is seven more medals than athletes in many sports can even compete for). "The greatest Olympian? There is no doubt," says theSpec.com. "It's beyond dispute: Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time," agrees the swimming writer for SI's London 2012 blog. "No Olympian, including Usain Bolt, has been a slide under the global microscope as long as Phelps." Really - more pressure than Jesse Owens? The UK's Telegraph says no. Runner Sebastian Coe says no. "Medal quantity is meaningless for swimmers," says Across the Universe, which offers three other pretty accomplished candidates for greatest, including Paavo Nurmi, whose 12 medals in three Olympic games were all individual (more than Mike), or Clara Hughes, who medaled in the Summer and Winter games.
The American women's gymnastics team, meanwhile, just crushed it. Kayla Maroney's vault was so breathtakingly perfect that one judge sat there with her mouth open. "The judges' reactions were absolutely perfect," says Business Insider. Buzzfeed has created a shrine to the vault. And of course there was the incredible Gabby Douglas. The young team's enthusiasm is getting as much attention as their exquisite performance. Says PopWatch: "What we witnessed was five miniature young women at the top of their game having the time of their lives and SMILING. This was by far the smiliest team gymnastics final I can remember." "The American women's gymnastic team excels not only at tumbling and vaulting, but also at being teenage girls," says NY Mag's The Sports Section. "They squeal at every teammate's success. They rub backs and throw comforting arms around a girl who flubbed a landing. They could be at a slumber party."