in my quest to be a happier person, i've tried to avoid unnecessary drama, so i only check out facebook and twitter occasionally. heh. but today, i made the mistake of checking both out during the whole ravelympics brouhaha of 2012. if you don't know what i'm talking about, you can do one of two things: IGNORE THIS POST RIGHT THIS SECOND; or read this article by adrian chen of gawker.
so here's the thing. i kind of don't give a shit. i am not raising my needles in protest. i'm not going to boycott coke (i prefer diet pepsi anyway) or mcdonald's (i get a big mac on road trips of 4 hours or more and i enjoy an egg mcmuffin upon occasion). and my love for the olympics is so strong that i'm definitely not going to not watch them because the USOC has demanded that the term "Ravelympics" not be used.
am i sad that the ravelry crew have to deal with this? yes. they work hard and don't need a big organization like the USOC sending them scary letters over something they had nothing to do with. but they'll work this out and lawyers will make it go away.
do i think the USOC has a right to protect their trademark? to quote the ridiculous sarah palin, "you betcha." considering the vomitous discussions in ravelry forums about copyright i think we can all agree on this.
do i think the following passage is a little harsh?
"We believe using the name "Ravelympics" for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work."
yes and no. yes because clearly the poor law clerk who wrote this letter and the general counsel, just don't get the spirit of the ravelympics. that passage is insulting and dumb. because if anything, those who participate in the ravelympics do it out of respect and fun and love of competition. and if some of their projects are lacking, like the olympics, it's not about winning, but about participating and pushing the limits of their capapbilities. but i don't blame them. i really don't. i made the mistake of reading someone's blog post where she equated knitting a sweater to running 400 meters. yeah, um. no.
but the way they dont' get it is the same way i don't get scrapbooking. or trekkies. or dungeons and dragons. and yet there are millions of people who get very excited about all of those things, and i think they are ridiculous. so why should i expect someone who doesn't knit to give a shit? or to even GET IT.
so that's what i have to say. so knitters. put your pitchforks away. nonknitters already think we're nuts.