Western societies rightly take pride in commitment to freedom of the press. In China, journalists are subject to tight political controls. But there are some advantages to the Chinese way of reporting news.
I reported for duty at Ling Long Pagoda along with the three other UNC volunteers. Our contracts read "broadcast coordination," but we soon find our post is more accurately termed "help desk assistant."
Pin trading has consumed almost everyone at the Olympic Green---volunteers, managers, broadcasters, technicians and myself included. I originally resisted this Olympic pastime until I discovered its political undertones.
Today, dozens of scalpers stood alone or in pairs inside the underground tunnel leading out of the subway to the Olympic Green Line. Some held signs asking to buy tickets, but most were looking to sell.
Security in Beijing tightens by the day as the Olympics approach. In early July, I went through zero security checkpoints a day. Today, I passed through security or had my badge checked a total of 8 times.