Before the games, most newspapers and channels showed pictures of the bad state of the Commonwealth Games Venues and the Games Village. The shocking visuals became a talking point. Focusing on the unpreparedness of the city to host the games, no one mentioned the spectacular arrangements that have been made for athletes.
Now when the games have started, we see a different and far more positive picture. Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as certain blogs, have become the medium for many to describe the good things that are happening. Images of rooms, the arenas, and the swimming pools are being posted, and people are urging the city to be positive about the biggest event India will see this year.
Emails are being forwarded showing the world-class stadiums. At the bottom it is written, "If you want to kill a tree, don't cut it, just curse it! The same seems to be happening with CWG.”
Ruchira Swarup posted a note on Facebook saying, "We should support the Games wholeheartedly. Because in doing so, we come together to show the world that we can still put up a show despite scams and corruption. The media should act more responsibly."
Discussions on blogs, about how the Games are not as bad as the media is making them out to be, are also afloat on the web.
Vee, a blogger, comments on a similar discussion, "I think it's time we stopped the criticism. Obviously the media is only interested in their ratings. There is not even a single motivating article from them."
Shraddha Sondhi tweeted: "Maybe we should just lend a healing hand wherever we can right now. The CWG will affect us all."
Murugan Poobalan wrote on Facebook, "Jai Ho Delhi, let's rock. Let all the negative marks on India shrink. My best wishes to all my brothers and sisters in India."
Karan Seth wrote on the Commonwealth Community on Facebook, "Let all the negative marks on India shrink. Delhi will be the best ever... Go India Go!"