SBD/Issue 128/Sports Media

Blog Hound: Beijing Olympic Protests Mounting

With the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony kicking off yesterday in Athens, Greece ahead of this summer's Beijing Games, bloggers discuss mounting protests surrounding the Games.

Under The Jacaranda Tree
Posted by: Ned Kelly
“If there really is such a thing as an accursed object - a material thing with a curse attached to it - then China’s Olympic Torch is one. The curse became attached to it when it was announced that it would be carried through Tibet.”
Posted by: Totally Worth My $17.50/hour
“The Olympics shouldn’t have been given to Beijing, and I think a boycott would send a fairly clear message.”
Everyday Embellished
Posted by: Vanessa
“I just know there are problems that need to be cleaned up and I think the Chinese government’s focus is on all the wrong areas–those buildings they built could have housed millions. Hopefully the revenue from the Olympics will be spent differently and maybe the attention received from the Olympics will help that cause.”
Cafferty File
Posted by: Terry from Calif
“A boycott is in order and should begin with corporations removing their business and support for this event. How can we as a global community ignore the issues occurring in China?”
Rank and Vile
Posted by: Anonymous
“If China wants the Olympics and open up to the world it has to be prepared to be scrutinized as everyone else. China may be the big new power out there but I still think that giving it the Olympics was a bad idea.”

BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online buzz surrounding the Olympic protests. Bloggers who feel the protests are unnecessary were counted as positive, representing 31.82% of the buzz. Bloggers who think the protests and possible boycott of the summer games are warranted were tallied as negative, making up 68.18% of posts.Click here for more information. See for more info.

The topic ranked 6 out of 10 on the Buzz, indicating a medium level of interest among sports bloggers. 

  • Fans believe the Olympic Games are intended to be above political debate, but China’s political history makes controversy unavoidable. They see striking similarities between these Olympics and the 1936 games hosted by Adolph Hitler in Berlin.
  • Several bloggers have urged their readers to endorse a boycott of the Olympics, write letters to sponsors, and generally condone China as a host of a worldwide event in an effort to showcase the human rights violations occurring in Tibet.
  • Some fans think the protests have gone too far. They believe it’s unfair to the athletes, trainers, and event promoters who have worked so hard to make the Olympics a success.

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