Thoglette wrote:I've been trying to track this for some time. And in particular when cycling puff pieces turned into venomous attacks.
I thought the recent reporting of a WA cyclist getting a mobile phone usage fine was interesting.
- Here is the ABC report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-24/c ... 94215485=1
- And here is the Yahoo-7 report: https://au.news.yahoo.com/road-users-di ... 41712.html
Note the difference in tone. In particular that the Yahoo report adds in some extra failings to the cyclist - not wearing a helmet (not even sure if this is true) and having the "usual" bad attitude of a cyclist.
Most interesting of all however is that the Yahoo report strategically changes the gender of the cyclist from a woman to a man! Many people will mock me on this, but I honestly believe that this is deliberate and due to the (disputed by some) "fact" that hatred of male cyclists is far more publicly acceptable than it is for females. In other words, what I'm saying here is they they wanted a piece that would generate hate. And that subtle little gender change was actually conducive to that end.