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Fifteen percent of the world watched the Olympics

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 11th 2008 11:43AM
Olympics 2008Various polls taken on Monday indicate that approximately 1 billion people, or 15 percent of the world, tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. NBC has certainly scored a much-needed ratings gold mine with this (they held off showing the Opening Ceremonies for 12 hours in order to reach a prime-time audience).

Admittedly, I was hesitant when I heard the Olympics were in Beijing (I still am). They don't have the best record for human rights. I was worried that the revolution would begin sometime during the track and field events.

Not so surprising to learn is that the majority of viewers were Chinese (842 million of China's 1.3 billion population). After seven years of promotion, the Chinese were so hyped on watching the Olympics that they didn't do anything else. Plus, in a Communist country like China, there isn't much to do.

It could be a sign of things to come. First the Olympics. Then MTV. Then Cartoon Network. Then starts the revolution.

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kapil sharma

china is good

August 20 2008 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kapil sharma

china is good

August 19 2008 at 4:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SpenceMasta

Huh I'm confused. They do have MTV and Cartoon network available in China. I have an apartment in Shanghai and all I had to do was order a premium cable package. What are you talking about? Did your bosses at AOL order you to include some anti-China remarks, to say something about human rights, and degrade the Chinese people like they're a bunch of robots with nothing better to do, or are you just an idiot?

There's xenophobic propaganda on both sides, in China (as well as in the US) people are completely aware of a lot of the BS the government feeds them, but over there its more hype about their own country and in the US there's a lot of coverage scrutinizing other nations, and people here love it.

August 12 2008 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
twola80

This is a very offensive and racist entry

August 12 2008 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

"Admittedly, I was hesitant when I heard the Olympics were in Beijing (I still am). They don't have the best record for human rights."

Well thank goodness we live in the grand ole' US of A whose spectacular record on human rights since at least September 12, 2001.... oh wait a minute... never mind.

August 11 2008 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

Wow... This is a bit of a lame post... Americans wonder at how the false image of America as this horrible country is able to spread around the world, while at the same time having the same thought process themselves against another country like China. The Chinese people don't have a horrible human rights effort, the government does, there's a difference, painting them all as communists without anything to do other than what Big Red says is absolutely bigoted.

You should apologize in another post.

August 11 2008 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

Having been all over China numerous times ... I can assuredly say that there is a lot to do all the time ... and not just in the big cities like Beijing and Shanghai and Hong Kong ...

August 11 2008 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Benjh

What revolution are you exactly talking about? Nothing else to do in a communist country?

My god, how do we allow such ignorant people to post? It's one thing to criticize China for human rights violation, but to have such crass and un-informed ideas about a 1.3 billion strong country. Wow.

FYI, chinese poeple (meaning the citizens, not just the government) are a very proud nation, and these olympics are the event of their lifetime. They're not forced to watch, they're just proud. something you shouldn't be.

Go watch "Koppel's People republic of Capitalism" (it was on discovery a couple of weeks ago) ASAP.

August 11 2008 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luis

Aww come on the Olympics should stay out of politics, an individual boycotting the Olympics is not going to change anything sad to say your not going to make a difference. China has come a long way, we cant just look at their past.
And how free are we when we cant even make a large money transaction with out the government looking into it, their listening to our telephone conversations how free is that, in my mind that is a human rights violation. We should look into how rich their culture is and how disciplined they are, they cheer for every country even their so called enemies (i.e Japan)

August 11 2008 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tinkaimc

Earl:

I stand corrected. Thanks!

Bas and Marshall:

Well said.

August 11 2008 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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