The author, smiling winningly Scott Raymond home


02 Sep 2000

The International Olympic Committee has decided to
ban atheletes from putting updates on their personal websites
. As part of the “code of conduct” that all atheletes must agree to before participating in the Olympics, they are disallowed from posting their personal thoughts about the experience on the internet. Their rationalization is that by keeping an online journal, atheletes are acting as journalists and might scoop the broadcast news agencies (who have paid the IOC handsomely for the rights to the information). And coming from the perspective of old-media, it’s an understandable problem. What do they do when the centralized, top-down distribution models start flattening? When random guys can publish their own news, for free, and gain an worldwide audience, what do they do? They make heavy-handed grabs at control by making silly rules to stifle free flow of information. As silly as the ban is, I find it encouraging that institutional media might feel threatened by individual publishing. (do you?)