The time to get smart and play the game has come. Not play the ball, not play the man.....but play the game. The game we're playing is called propaganda. And for those who have being following the game here in Victoria, we have sat and watched as the propaganda machine has been slowly turned up against us. The public (and more disconcerting, the riders) are slowly being brainwashed into believing a fallen rider only has themselves to blame. Every Vicpol press release proportions blame to the rider. Every TAC advertising campaign proportions blame to the rider. No mainstream media outlet in Victoria has run any positive stories about motorcycling in the past four years. The reason for this is outlined in this thread.... https://netrider.net.au/forums/showthread.php?t=124363 The short of it is, there are a list of Motorcycling Countermeasures of which targeting motorcyclists in the media is one of them. It's clearly apparent that with the TAC's advertising budget they have enough pull to manipulate the media with the assistance of Victoria Police and they've done exactly that. Morris Blackburn and Associates, a law firm of considerable repute have decided to take it upon themselves to come out in the defense of motorcyclists. Through their dealings with the TAC on the behalf of motorcyclists, they have issued a press statement to the media in defense of motorcyclists in an effort to restore some balance against the propaganda being espoused against us. This quite obviously will be met with some resistance and wont go unchallenged in the media. It will become a story, or more to the point is becoming a story. We wanted positive media attention and we've got it. So the question becomes, how long have we got it for? What will we do with it? You have a choice. You could either sit here on Netrider and preach to the choir, or you could spend ten minutes writing your thoughts into a short letter to the Herald Sun. It's a very simple process and will make a difference I assure you. The nature of propaganda is, if you say something often enough people will believe it. Which would you prefer to be reading in the HUN tomorrow, letters from people shit canning Morris Blackburn and motorcyclists? or letters from us detailing how dangerous car drivers are? The 'retesting headline' is just that so ignore it. It's gotten the dialogue open. So what do you really want to say because now is your chance. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/letter Feel free to post your letters here after you've sent them.