Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mainstream Media Expertise

Back in 2010, somebody in the press was so impressed with the skills displayed in Meryl and Charlie's "show-stopping" POTO lift, they diagrammed the awesome.

I guess it's okay to diagram the mechanics of a lift
if you mistakenly think you're deconstructing something fabulous.



1) Meryl, her hand in Charlie's, is balanced on one leg on the ice. It's like she's not even human!

2) Charlie bends down and circles her torso with his arm. He really gets his back into it.

3) He flips her right over. That's the most scariest, impressive way ever to get into a lift. Tessa Virtue wasted time in ballet. Bravo Meryl, why do the work yourself?

4) Meryl is sitting on Charlie's back, and basically just "hangs on" with her hands until he gets his leg up. Cheerleading pyramids have more efficient transitions and entrances.

5) Then Charlie raises his hind leg and glides backward for a bit, at which point Meryl sticks her arms out then up.

Unreported is how she gets down from it by turning and gripping Charlie with both hands, then just plopping down on two feet, but maybe if they'd diagrammed that part, the reporter would have passed out from awe.

These are the people who later write articles about why this team should have won over that team. Because figure skating - who the fuck knows what's going on? This publication just spelled out why the lift ISN'T great, all the while thinking they were sharing the unbelievably amazing.

The  Charlie Meryl spin that they're great technicians who perhaps don't have VM's abilities when VM are skating at their most sublime, but whose technique is irreproachable, is the biggest crock of shit in sports. They've abandoned technique for theatricality that camouflages the cheated technique they have to use in order to execute with apparent speed and frenzy. If they actually did the lift or move properly, it would be obvious they weren't on VM's level. So they invented this different, fraudulent way of presenting, and it's just what the ISU wants. Virtue and Moir have textbook technique. And the highest level execution in the sport. They're the best at every call.

I've said it before - this is not a sport. Until there's transparency and accountability, it's not. And neither is possible with uninformed journalists. Journalists who chase scandal, drama and corruption will never be able to report accurately unless they are informed enough to tell with their own eyes which skaters gave the better performance, and why, according to the existing criteria and rules. Without the media knowing fuck all about figure skating, they can "investigate" all day long and they're just contributing to the problems.

14 comments:

  1. I used to think it was terrible the media focused so much on VM's relationship instead of the skating. But then part of the media blitz for DW last season was a lot of talk about relationship, being BFF, etc. Somehow, in the weird way media functions in figure skating, these things are deemed important.

    So now I think media for VM should go ahead and include all that relationship stuff (much as it's eye-rolling) PLUS there needs to be a huge amount written about the skating, including this kind of diagramming of VM's lifts. Even if the reporters are basically ignorant, if the report how beautiful and amazing VM's skating is, it's pretty much accepted as fact. Hell, people have believed all that non-couple stuff written about them. Now they need media to keep saying they're the greatest skaters - and at least that would be true.

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    1. I think the relationship stuff and bff with DW didn't accomplish much.

      The pair that is on par with Virtue and White - that was the message. Robbed in 2012 - that was the message. The other stuff was just extra.

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    2. 10:56
      I agree the relationship stuff re DW didn't accomplish much, but it's probably because it's too late for that change of narrative to have much effect. Everyone knows they are not nor ever care to be a couple nor bff. However, it is interesting that it was considered important enough to try.

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    3. and v/m were robbed in 2013 thats the message skate canada needs to show

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    4. Anon 11:14 - There are so many messages Skate Canada should be showing when it comes to VM, but their history shows they will get it wrong and do it wrong every time - and that's when they cared. Now that they don't even care much, there's little hope for any effective pro-VM PR on that front (not that there ever was before, either). Look at this example from - 2010? - some reporter going gaga over a DW lift and doing this diagram. Where was any Skate Canada response showing a lift from VM, and showing all their superiority? Nowhere. What was Skate Canada doing for VM's PR in 2010? Nothing relevant to their skating, that's for sure.

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    5. if skate canada wont do it then we have to do it. wheres pj and rosie dimanno when you need them?

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    6. Yes. And it was Debbi handling Skate Canada pr in 2010. Her agenda was to piggyback onto her star skaters' spotlight and then actually take over the spotlight. Skatebuzz served as gatekeeper central where a carnival barker would stand outside and talk about skaters and competitions, and when a customer entered (i.e., clicked onto a video screen cap) - the event or skater would vanish and it would be Debbi talking about it.

      She was and is a pig at the trough. She never did real p.r. It was all Debbi and favor swapping, many 'favors' were, as is her style, actually Debbi making another bid for the spotlight.

      I read now some fans wanting to write to Skate Canada and complain. How do they think that works?

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    7. OMG - P.J. is a spokeswoman nothing more. She facilitates Skate Canada's interests. The one good thing about her is she's not a monster like Debbi, but otherwise she's just public relations for Skate Canada more than the skaters and will never go off message.

      Rosie DiManno can't tell pairs from dance. These people are useless.

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    8. "Rosie DiManno can't tell pairs from dance. These people are useless."

      Exactly. And DiManno is also the biggest joke. I can't see anything she writes being taken seriously, even if she accidentally got something right.

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  2. I think Skate Cananda is going to throw their weight behind Chan. Like, Ok Scott and Tessa, you already have your OGM (*throwunderbus*). D/W is the US' best bet for gold in figure skating in Sochi. And Canada will be stronger than their southern neighbor in the team event.

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  3. And then when Chan falls 6 times, they'll feel like assholes because they already sold out Tessa and Scott and it'll be too late.

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    1. Anon 3:14

      Skate Canada already sold out Tessa and Scott the last 2 seasons. You think SC felt like assholes? I don't think so.

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    2. 3:14 here. They already sold V&M out, but they got what they wanted, another gold for Chan. His falls are catching up with him and he won't win the Olympics if he performs that way. Then SC won't have their precious men's gold and they won't have a dance gold either. Short-fucking-sighted.

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    3. They don't care now and they won't care then.

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