Perception vs. Deception: What’s your Olympic Reality?

by Kimberly Taylor

You’ve heard the saying, “perception is reality,” and it seems as though Olympic organizers in Beijing hoped that what you perceived as happening would be good enough.

As my colleague Dean pointed out in a previous post, games are being commentated remotely—something very few people probably noticed.

It’s been widely reported that opening ceremony fireworks were done digitally by way of 3-D computer graphics.

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And, thoughts of Milli Vanilli came rushing back after reading the story about the Chinese girl who lip-synched during the opening ceremony because the child whose real voice you heard was “unsuited to the lead role.”

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Combine these things with swarming rumor and apparent proof that members of the Chinese gymnastics team are under age and you’ve got an Olympics filled with illusion. Thankfully, victories such as those by Michael Phelps, continue to bring the positives to the surface.  But, it just made me wonder, what’s more important perception or reality … or are they one in the same?

3 Responses to Perception vs. Deception: What’s your Olympic Reality?

  1. Dan says:

    It’s easy to be an illusionist when the audience is willing to suspend disbelief. By controlling media and silencing dissent, China has long been able to control the audience and keep the illusion alive. Through the Olympics, however, China is beginning to learn what it means to operate in a free society, in which authority is always questioned and the truth is (usually) revealed.

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