So, apparently, the Chinese people may not be the most honest people in the world, and their malevolence may have worn off on NBC. For example: China's star singer is a lip-syncer, like...uhm, many of ours. Also, the coverage coming out of Beijing might not always be truly "live," their 16-year old female gymnasts are actually eight-year old, shaved proboscis monkeys, and they haven't done very much to help out matter in Darfur.
Yes, for all that, I was totally perplexed today when the entire blogosphere went crazy with alarm and shock over the news that the pyrotechnic "footprints" features in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics were nothing more than a CGI effect. Why was I perplexed? Because it seemed that everyone in my blog feed had gone stupid. As it turns out, none of them were paying attention to the actual ceremonies on teevee. I was, though! That's why I am apparently the only blogger in the world who heard Matt Lauer say:
You're looking at a cinematic device employed by Zhang Yimou here. This is actually almost animation. A footstep a second, 29 in all, to signify the 29 Olympiads.
Oh noes! How dare NBC...uhm...immediately disclose the true nature of that video effect.