Monday, August 18, 2008


why do people who normally would not spend much time watching gymnastics or swimming or volley ball or bad mitten or water polo or ping pong on tv spend hours watching during the olympics? a small number of people watch when track and field events are broadcast but the ratings grow exponentially when it is on during the olympics.
i found myself fascinated by 'phelpsian' feats as well as diving. even watched some of the field hockey as well as soccer and rowing and tennis.
i am just curious why so many are drawn to the games when they normally would not be drawn to watch these events at another time. is it the 'herd effect'?

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