Alicia Sacramone has become one of the most popular athletes on the US Olympics team - a fact that the mainstream media seems to find puzzling.
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE wrote about how Sacramone was ranked ahead of teammates Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson for Google searches, and was No. 4 overall in Google’s Hot Trends. Meanwhile, during the broadcast of the first day of individual event finals, lead gymnastics announcer Al Trautwig was seemingly flabbergasted that Sacramone was the second-most searched for athlete on NBCOlympics.com, behind only Michael Phelps.
These are just two examples of what happens when the mainstream media decides to ignore what is happening in the blog world - they wind up looking like complete idiots in the process. Because anyone who had paid even a cursory glance at any blogs over the past week would have a pretty solid understanding of why people are searching for her online:
- She’s hot.
- Guys can openly admit she’s hot, without - at minimum - feeling really creepy and at worst having Chris Hansen from Dateline lurking around their houses.
- She might be the chick from Stick It, what with her propensity for punching out drunk frat guys at parties.
Sure, the fact that she handled her difficulties with grace and poise, even after Andrea Joyce went “Edward R. Murrow during the McCarthy Hearings” on her, certainly didn’t hurt her popularity. But for NBC, or any other media outlet, to pretend that there is no other possible reason that millions of people would be searching for video and images of her, is naive to the point of not being believable.
Now excuse me, I’m off to go search for pics of Scarlett Johansson. Strictly because I’m a fan of her acting, mind you.