Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Last weekend at the Yarraville Festival, I was assaulted by a maniac with anger-management issues. I believe this was because I had a bike.
In this case I'll just ignore the person and even throw in a couple of tease comments so the person get even more irritated and acts even worse and I'll get more evidence in the process. Then I'll anonymously post it on Youtube, the same way as Kevin Rudd's rage was posted. This is the best way to deal with misbehaving idiots in public.
"The Media" are just people doing a job. For example, would you expect Charlie Pickering (an avid cyclist apparently) to put an anti-bicycle slant to a story, or Will Hagen to put an anti-motoring slant to one. It's easy to blame the media because they are there reflecting society's biases to us, but most are just reporting from their experience as a member of society. The problem is most of society is car mad, therefore, most reporters, being a product of that society, are likely to be car mad.
Blaming the media is a lazy, rat-arsed cop out to use on any issue. Use the media. Distort the reflection and help people see the different way. It worked for "tree hugging", saving the forests is only one small part of environmentalism, yet in Australia, the public perception is that is the bulk of environmentalism.
Yes, I'm biased towards the media, I work in it, but that also means I know how it works and how to work it. It's actually as easy as forming a small group, writing a 1 page media release that could "rip and read" as a radio or newspaper story, include 1 or 2 quotes and make it "sexy." Include your contact number and be on it for the whole day, ready to interview. It's not rocket science, it doesn't need a uni degree, you just need to be authoritative and active.
Blaming the media is to blame yourself for doing nothing to change things.
As a person in a very public industry it is easy to blame biased print and eletronic media as for being rat asred cop out i do not think so i do not see how it would be only rats are those in the Media industry.
Yes both print and eletronic