Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sledding an Easy Narrative for Media to Fill Space in the Dead of Winter

     Over at the Thompson Park sledding hill today, dozens of young people were enjoying the heavy snow even though it slowed their descent. There was curiosity over the media visits as a debate is afoot over how fast is too fast and how to stop those who are too fast.
     It all started with a complaint that the hay bales were too bruising at high speed and that led to a proposal to restrict sledding to the lower portion of the hill.
     That denied a "rite of passage", or so said one Councilman and so the fence was delayed pending bid solicitations for special elastic fences to slow the fast.
      For the media, this could be the pit bull story of the winter months...Easy to digest, easy to get visuals, no research required.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that I am about to say that I agree with Mr. Smith. 2 years ago our 8 year old daughter went sledding with friends at the park on the day before Christmas. There had been a freeze the night before and when she went down her sled went directly into the hay bale that was frozen solid. Her sled broke and we spent a week in the hospital with a ruptured spleen now she won't go anywhere near a sled and hates the snow. Had the hay bale not been there and maybe something else was used she would not have had such a severe injury. What is so wrong with the idea of protecting our children.