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Good comments Nat. Of course we are coming from different perspectives, but I
totally respect you objectives. Nonetheless, the lessons learned here about
the impact of images are important and ephemeral. I don't prescribe to being
passive while others use media and imagery as a weapon, and paint riders in a
poor light. My objectives were to expose some of the specific tools used by
the extremist NIMBY's so they can be effectively called out and countered.
Both groups (riders and their critics) should note that stereotypes and the
skew of the press can cut both ways. A bit of controversy may be good. I doubt
that anyone wants to be seen as either an angry saboteur, or as a reckless
rider for that matter. Up to now, the trail-saboteur faction (the army of 4 or
5 it seems) has operated with impunity, cloaked in a facade of civility. I
believe it takes more than a court case to strip this away, as shown in their
attempts to employ that same facade in their defense. Awareness of what lies
behind the image, and public outrage against anti-social and dangerous acts is
a lasting and potent product of this case. The controversy draws attention,
and is it fades, it will indeed be people like Cam and LeeLau that form the
face of the MTB community. I think they have really "upped their game" in the
wake of this case. I don't see Loam or my own writing taking away from their
good work in any way. Think of it as a good cop-bad cop routine if you like
(even if neither side thinks they're in it together). The saboteurs are called
out openly for what they are, and their phony claims to victimhood. Then the
voice of moderation (which originates from the MTB community) emerges to
effectively outline the proper course of future relations in the woods. I
think this works well, and am grateful for their good work. I will be happy to
let my keyboard rest once the case is closed, and happily defer to the good
judgement of our existing ambassadors.
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