Flying Solo Without Video
Posted on July 29, 2012 8:34 am
I want to be proud of Hope Solo. I am a fan of United States soccer and inveterate booster of same.
I am happy that the United States has a talented goalkeeper.
I am happy that the United States won tonight.
I am happy that, while I was visiting a very dear family friend today in Richland, Washington, where Hope Solo set scoring records before becoming a brilliant goalkeeper, my friend informed me that a member of her church was a proud grandmother of Hope Solo.
That is where I stop being happy.
I was visiting my friend and someone she is helping primarily to do what I can to help both of them. My partner consider’s this friend his second mom and considered this visit very important.
We did not return in home to witness either the U.S. Women or the Seattle Sounders in live action. As important as our business in the Tri-Cities was, Bill Shankly’s ghost can explain why this was a sacrifice
I came home to find that both the U.S. Women and the Sounders won. Yay!
I also came home to find that a controversy had erupted because of “tweets” Solo had made objecting to criticisms U.S. hero and sports bra champion Brandi Chastain had made of the defending and goalkeeping during her commentary of the match on television.
Apparently, somewhere, this video with commentary is available. It is not available on any link I can find made available by NBC.
I would gladly endure any commercials NBC and its sponsors would inflict upon me should they make this video available. But no such video is available by any link they make extant to me.
Is Hope watching some other video in GB that has Arlo and Brandi? She complimented Arlo, and, truth in reporting, I am a Sounders fan, Arlo is a former Sounders anouncer. So, either HS has found a link I have not, or someone has recorded a U.S. broadcast and replayed it to her. Which she went through pretty damn quick, but I do not want to prejudge her comments without having seen what she criticized.
But I know Arlo is a homer, and I am a big Brandi Chastain fan. I observed her jersey waving live and in person at the Rose Bowl.
So, if Richland’s own, Sounders Women’s own, my friend’s friend’s granddaughter wants to accuse Brandi Chastain American Hero, I want the audio and video available to me on the interwebs, and I am very curious as to why it isn’t.
What contractual limitation can there rationally be against making more money from a broadcast already shown? Why not force me to watch a bunch of commercials or run commercials across parts of the screen while I view what I need to see? I realize I am merely a “citizen journalist,” but if more access can be had by handing over cash to NBC or IOC, that is called a sponsorship, not journalism. And if I tried to trade on my Sounders connections, such as they are, or my friend’s social connections to pour gas on what may be a stupid fire before I even understand what the fire is, I might lower myself below blogger level and become what passes for a reporter by some current standards I do not accept.
It’s not, Gentle Reader, that I think I can rate myself as a journalist, “citizen” or otherwise, it is that what “reportage” we do get is merely a commercial commodity, and one obviously incompetently marketed, however competently narrated by Arlo White (and probably competently commented by Brandi Chastain, if only I had the proof).
Meanwhile, the USA women have won both their games and advanced to the elimination rounds. That is another thing I might have more to say about if I could see the freakin’ video that no longer has much, if any, commercial value, and what little it has will be gone by the time it is available, if ever. The only commercial value remaining is the same, Gentle Reader, that you are familiar with – ads pertaining to your click habits and mine.
Beau, call your office. The Olympics is a wonderful, fantastic event, if only we could watch it.