Media The Politics of Wasting Time
posted by July 16 at 10:22 AMon
From the PI:
A hit-and-run driver marred a Pacific Northwest rite of passage Sunday when he struck and seriously injured a local man who had nearly finished the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.What angers the public is the nature of the disruption. A good-for-nothing criminal not only harmed a law-abiding cyclist but also prevented him from completing his goal. Though the goal is in essence meaningless, the public codes it as noble. What must be examined, then, is why one way of wasting your time is registered as noble and another way as ignoble. From that examination, political/economic results will emerge. In a society like ours, little is innocent and almost everything is an expression of political and economic control.
Gerald Marvin, 24, of Seattle suffered serious injuries when the driver of a sport utility vehicle swerved out of his lane on U.S. 30 northwest of Portland. Struck from behind, Marvin slammed into two other cyclists, who suffered minor injuries.
Police pulled over a 40-year-old driver, an ex-convict with a 1989 conviction for an Oregon murder, eight miles from the accident scene.