Social network ban for Olympic Games volunteers
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As individuals, we are not that interesting, a fact that has been reiterated thanks to the over-rated revolution that is social media. Sites like facebook and twitter encourage us to divulge mundane details of our lives to whoever is bored enough to take time out of their day to read it (we are all guilty of this). But every once in a while, something news worthy happens in our lives, something that people actually care about reading, of course this is when the powers that be intervene and ban us from self expression. The decision made by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) to ban the 70,000 volunteers aka ‘Game Makers’ from talking about the Games in anyway shape or form on their social networking sites seems slightly cruel. No, engaging in nonsensical discourse on social networking sites isn’t our God-given right, but banning people who have sacrificed a huge chunk of their summer to be part of an historic event seemed a little extreme, like China extreme. In stark contrast, athletes are being encouraged to tweet under the trend ‘Twitter Games’. Okay so athletes can tweet but volunteers can’t, because athletes will be more responsible on their twitter sites, right? It was reported only a few days ago that Australian swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk have been issued with a social media ban and will be sent home early from the Olympics as punishment for posting pictures of themselves toting firearms on Twitter and Facebook. These are the kind of guys that the elite and prestigious Locog have deemed responsible enough to represent our London 2012 Games online. Athletes who tweet before they think in favour of hardworking citizens who respect the Games so much that they are willing to sacrifice a pay check in order to ensure that the Games are a success. Over 240,000 people applied to volunteer at the Olympic Games. Research into applications indicated that 40% of all applicants to date said that London 2012 inspired them to volunteer for the first time. Locog worked through all the applications in search of ‘the best of the best’ as they claimed. They said that they were looking for people who were ‘dedicated and passionate’ and ‘committed to going beyond their personal best’ to ensure that the London 2012 Games are the best they can be.
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