WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get in computer jargon. In nanotechnology there is WYSINWYG - What You See Is Not What You Get. In the Beijing Olympic there is WYSINL -What You See Is Not Real.
Is it Western bias ? I bet the next Olympic opening ceremony in London wouldn't be as grand.The English is rich but think like a pauper.
Who cares? I was well entertained and most impressed.
By Chris Chase
Some Opening Ceremony fireworks were faked
London's Telegraph newspaper reports that some of the fireworks which appeared over Beijing during the television broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremony were actually computer generated. But -- hold on -- it's not necessarily as bad as you think.
The faked fireworks were actually set-off at the stadium, but because of potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter, viewers at home were shown a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot. It sounds dishonest, but I'm not sure it's such a terrible thing.
The Opening Ceremony is, at its core, just one big performance. And isn't it accepted that some things might not be legit at a performance? The final torch bearer wasn't actually running around the top of the stadium, does the fact that everyone could figure that out make it any less? It might have been unnecessarily deceptive, but the firework-faking isn't that big of a deal. But, if I found out that the lighted-drum thing wasn't on the up and up, then we'll have problems, China.