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NBC's coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

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There's an interesting discussion at slashdot.org about NBC's online coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony. Apparently the order of teams marching into the stadium has been altered in order to delay the USA team's appearance, presumably to keep viewers engaged for longer.

I'm intrigued to see the varying reactions, from "Get over it, it's just editing" to "The media are manipulating us again".

In my experience this sort of thing is reasonably routine and usually harmless. However changing the story of how an important event unfolded is dangerous territory. In my opinion this type of editing should only be done to enhance, consolidate or clarify the narrative, not to change it.

I guess it's a gray area. Should we just get used to the fact that the media routinely repackages history, as long as it's not too serious? Or should we demand more faithful recordings?

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