What do you need to do, to get your 10 seconds of fame? To be on the radio, to be recognized, noticed?
Being a biker it seems a fairly easy thing to achieve.
All you have to do is die.
What a brutal and ignorant media world this is out there!
It was the Easter week-end and I was on my way back home from work. I did what I very rarely do when I am in a car, I listened to the radio, looking for the traffic news because the motorway was very busy. International news, national news, regional news, sports, weather and then, just before the traffic, they had two more news items coming up that left me speechless.
“A 50-year-old biker was killed this afternoon in …, two hours later another one died near …. because he lost control over his bike in a long bend.”
They never, never ever put dead car drivers on the news. Then why on earth a dead biker? Two even.
I fear it is partly this patronising attitude a lot of non-bikers have: we told you not to go so fast, we told you it is dangerous, we told you you could die…!
Ah, thanks very much. We didn’t know that. No, we never had a clue. We never lost a friend, a lover, a brother, a husband on the road, did we?
We know about the danger and we ride nevertheless. Some maybe do because of that.
People, who are no bikers never really understand.
The media have no right to be so patronising. No right to use the death of a biker as a juicy piece of tragedy at the end of the news.
I refuse to be instrumentalized by editors grabbing for higher ratings.
What biker would want these 10 seconds of fame?