PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, July 30, 2012

Athletes, Fans React To Olympics On Social Media

Team USA basketball star LeBron James posted this photo on the social media photo site, Instagram, with the caption: "Me with one of the best the game of basketball has to offer #USA."

Team USA basketball star LeBron James posted this photo on the social media photo site, Instagram, with the caption: “Me with one of the best the game of basketball has to offer #USA.”

“Breaking: USA wins gold medal in synchronized NBC bashing.” Twitter has been flooded with tweets like that one expressing outrage over NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games.

People are upset about everything from the time-delayed broadcast of the opening ceremonies to lackluster commentary.

Social media is giving NBC critics a new venue. It’s also giving athletes a place to post photos, congratulate each other and post Justin Bieber shout-outs!

More tweets are being sent each day this Olympics than during all of the Beijing games, which is why the London Games are being called the “first social Olympics.”

Despite the criticism, NBC is reporting record prime time ratings for its coverage.

Tweeps To Follow

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 28 12 Comments

Men Read Mean Tweets At Women And The Video Goes Viral

Two Chicago-area sports journalists gathered the tweets directed at them and asked men to read them to their faces. The result went viral.

April 28 7 Comments

HBO's CEO On Virtual Reality And ‘Sesame Street’

In the second part of our interview with Richard Plepler, he discusses why the premium cable network picked up "Sesame Street."

April 28 Comment

Gloria Estefan Reflects On Her Life Story In ‘On Your Feet!’

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson catches up with the Cuban-born American singer backstage after a performance.

April 27 26 Comments

Economist: NAFTA Benefits Economy Despite Job Losses

Gordon Hanson explains his research on the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and why he still supports it.