g-boaf wrote:mikesbytes wrote:Bill wrote this on sydney cyclist today;TerribleFor those who may be interested, I've been visiting James. He is generally in good spirits but looks like he may not be able to use his right arm again - he is/was a dentist. The nerves were severed and his arm lies limp in a sling. His neck was broken in numerous places which wasn't mentioned earlier, or in the various articles that were mentioned in this thread. He has had recent operations to try and reconnect nerves and the results are still out.
Thankfully if it wasn't for the meticulous and thoughtful care from the paramedics who initially arrived and stabilised his neck with metal rods before he was moved, he would have been in a wheelchair for life. As it is now, he is walking around and has limited use of his right leg beyond about 10˚ of movement. That should improve, and he threatens me that if I don't get fitter now I won't be able to keep up with him on his first ride back...
Unfortunately my comment about the article focusing on the details of the motor vehicle while not mentioning the status of the injured rider stands
Agreed, it's like the badly hurt rider doesn't matter at all.
Oh,my. That is absolutely heartbreaking.
Unfortunately, in the commercial media at least, the badly hurt rider doesn't matter. Victims are divided into worthy and unworthy victims. Unworthy victims are treated as caricatures and dehumanised, their suffering passed over or barely mentioned. Worthy victims are given the full humanising and sympathetic treatment.
What drives this as far as cyclists are concerned are the commercial imperatives of publishing in the mass media. Makers of expensive cars are advertisers, who spend lots of money with publishers who support their businesses. Cyclists are a threat to those businesses, and treating them too sympathetically, especially where the conflict is as stark as this, could offend those advertisers.
Favouring cycling and cycling infrastructure too much is a threat to the business of the motor industry, as it will make the use of motor cars less relevant. Therefore the mass media generally, and Channel7 and News Corp in particular, work to marginalise the democratic activity of cycling, applying a propaganda model to their coverage of any cycling related issues. Regrettably, it is quite effective.
I'm working my way through Noam Chomksy's book "Manufacturing Consent - the Political Economy of the Mass Media" - it's quite an eye opener.
I'm quite grateful for Clover Moore being so effective at sticking her finger in their eye. News Corp hates her.