I’ve had enough with the media. There, I’ve said it. I’m officially fed up with instant information ruining the element of surprise. What am I ranting about? You guessed it, the media ruining the Olympics.
All day I have been giddy with excitement to tune in to my favorite winter Olympic event tonight with my favorite winter Olympian as the star. Yes, I’m talking about the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe event featuring the face of the X-Games and America itself in the Winter Olympics for the past 12 years, Shaun White.
Shaun White is a legend. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, X-Games record holder for gold medals and has won 10 ESPY awards. When you think snowboarding, you think of Shaun White. When you think badass, you think Shaun White. When you think Winter Olympics, you think Shaun White. Well, that’s what I was thinking all day.
Until, I’m casually perusing Twitter during class and sure enough, an image of a disappointed Shaun White flutters on my screen. A wave of panic rushes over me. What do I do now? He looks so sad, I need to know the answer… Well, he didn’t win his third gold medal today, nor did he win any medal today.
I discovered this during my class which immediately spurred anger because not only was the element of surprised ruined for tonight’s primetime showing of the men’s halfpipe, but Shaun White is also leaving Sochi empty-handed.
The point is, the media is ruining the Olympics. What happened to gathering around at night with family and friends excitedly cheering on Olympians adorned in red, white and blue representing our great nation? What happened to the world discovering the Olympic champion all at the exact same moment? This is lost in the media-obsessed world that we now live in.
I know that I could’ve live streamed the event on my iPad, iPhone or laptop, but it just isn’t the same. I wanted to preserve the element of surprise to share with friends and family and celebrate an outstanding feat of a three-time gold medalist winner tonight. But, the surprise is ruined. Why would I tune into an event I already know the winner of? That’s right, I won’t (well I actually probably will just to see it all play out).
On Sunday night, the television show, The Walking Dead, had higher ratings than the 2014 Winter Olympics. This makes me upset to think that a TV show can trump the ratings of the Olympics. Maybe it is just that my heart belongs to the Olympics because it was a family affair growing up or that I value the athleticism in bringing the world’s best athletes together to compete every two years (or every four years if you’re just talking Winter Olympics).
This marks the end of an era. The end of the Shaun White era and more importantly the end of the discovering the next great Olympian at the same moment as the rest of the world. Can we just have a moment of silence here…