“The 2014 Olympics might feel more like 1914”

So it has been reported in this article that at the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, journalists will be forbidden from using phones, tablets, or any sort of technological advice that allows them to tweet, instagram, vine, or share any kind of information.

I am just finding this absolutely ridiculous and I do not see the point. In today’s day and age, people everywhere use their phones and tablets to get information. With something as big as the Olympics, which some people for some reason tend to go CRAZY over, I don’t see the purpose of banning a way for people all across the globe to get up to date, second by second, feed of what is happening without social media. A major factor of social media is the convenience of getting breaking news right away. But with this ban of journalists, it will all be a game changer. Now people who are not near a television or computer to watch a live stream or read an article, will not know until a later time.

What do you guys think of this? Social media is a way of reporting in a visual, interactive, and immediate way. How will this change how people know what’s happening? Is this beneficial in any way? Will this cause a lot of backlash, and are journalists going to just do it anyways but in a sneaky manner? Also, should we think of how this could potentially cause other events/games to make journalists not use smartphones or devices as well?

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6 Responses to “The 2014 Olympics might feel more like 1914”

  1. Although the banning of these devices is insane to me I think it will be very interesting to see how the journalism world reacts to this and how they adapt to it. Many journalists, if not all, have not written an article or reported on the event without the help of a tablet or twitter account in years. I think this will definitely show which journalists rely heavily on these tools and which ones still use more traditional ways.

  2. While I think journalists will be able to report the story just as well with or without technology, I don’t really understand why the Olympics committee would ban the use of everyday technology. Like the article you linked to said, “the 2014 Olympics might feel more like 1914;” journalists in the past had to cover Olympic games without their smart phones, and since we are in a period of transition, journalists need to know how to do things the “old-fashioned” way and the new and innovative way. What I’m interested in seeing is if this has any effect on how people around the world watch the Olympics. I feel like if people can’t instantly be connected to the Olympics via Twitter and Facebook, many may become disinterested with the Olympic games. Because of technology and social media, our society wants to know what’s happening exactly when it happens. It’d be interesting to hear from the Olympics committee why exactly they came up with this rule, and to see if they do strictly enforce it like they say they will.

    • I was thinking the same thing. I found it strange that the article didn’t state the exact reasoning behind the committees decision to ban these devices. I feel that the article is missing a piece of the puzzle without this information.

  3. mattlevine4 says:

    I think we all can agree that the reasoning for this decision is a little foggy. Maybe there have been some instances that we don’t know about where the use of Social Media violated one of the Olympics’s rules or maybe the committee feels that more people will actually watch the games on T.V. if they can’t rely on live-coverage of the events on Twitter. Whatever they are thinking, this will definitely have a negative effect on the games because it is slowing down the advancements of the storytelling process. It’s definitely very odd to say the least.

  4. Hannah says:

    This struck me as crazy at first too, but I wonder if it has to do with the fact that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) only allows certain media outlets to broadcast Olympic footage across various media platforms. If, say, only NBC is allowed to broadcast the games, and even CBS and ABC aren’t allowed to air them, why would an independent journalist be allowed to send out unauthorized Vines or pictures from the games?

    I never really follow the Olympics so I’m not sure what role social media has played in their coverage in the past. Apparently something similar occurred at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but the rules weren’t widely enforced. (Here’s the link, which I can’t embed: http://mashable.com/2012/04/17/olympics-social-media/)

  5. psalazar07 says:

    I agree that this ban is insane. I follow up with the Olympics every time they are and I look to social media when I am not glued to the TV watching it. I feel as though this will make the public to make more of an effort to find the results which is something that I believe journalists should be doing. I was very intrigued as to how journalists are going to handle this.

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