Posted by Thomas Crampton on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 7:19 PM
Journalist and blogger Thomas Crampton is now posting some of his work on Danwei.
To follow the Olympics via the participants, I have been searching for Olympic bloggers and have found a few sources, largely thanks to help from the ever-lively crowd on Twitter at #080808.
US Rowing - Wall Street Journal
First breakfast: Pint of Smoothie (blueberries, pear, banana, pineapple, yoghurt, flax seed oil, carrot juice, rice milk, powdered greens, whey protein, creatine, glutamine, Green/yerba mate tea
Second breakfast: 3 eggs with cheese and veggies (onions, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, snow peas), 3 pieces of 12-grain bread, 2 pints of orange juice
Lenovo aggregates Athlete-Bloggers
Lenovo gave the bloggers equipment, but not money, David Churbuck, VP of web marketing for Lenovo, told me via a Twitter exchange.
I laud the Lenovo concept, but have a number of critiques on execution:
- The aggregation site looks way too corporate. So corporate, in fact, that I fled the site until Churbuck told me that the company does not censor the athletes.
- The site prevents direct access to the bloggers themselves. It first sends you to a pop-up page with a text summary of the blogger's latest posting. This slows the process of getting to the source material. One the most important aspect of blogs is the self-presentation of the bloggers. I want to see how they present themselves.
- The @lenovo2008 Twitter feed accompanying the blog seems to be written by a robot that only has access to a TV and schedule of when events take place. They should highlight the best quotes, complaints, victories written by the athletes themselves, not tell me who is playing next or "Its half time, watching the Beijing Dream Girls".
Anyone find other athlete-bloggers? What about athlete-Twitterers?
China Media Timeline
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From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Culture and corporate propaganda in Soho Xiaobao (2007.11): Mid-2007 issues of Soho Xiaobao (SOHO小报), illustrating the complicated identity of in-house magazines run by real estate companies.
+ Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship (2010.03): Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship at an officially sanctioned meeting in Shenzhen.
+ Crowd-sourced cheating on the 2010 gaokao (2010.06): A student in Sichuan seeks help with the ancient Chinese section of this year's college entrance exam -- while the test is going on!