63763Re: Kiteboarding Mag Attitude Problem
- Jan 1, 2003-> free speech. If you dont like it, dont buy it.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jimhartnett45 <jimhartnett45@y...>"
> Kiteboarding Magazine and its editor, Ryan Riccitelli, seem tokitesurfing
> have an attitude problem. The "in your face" attempts to be super
> cool give kitesurfing a bad name and contribute to negative
> public perceptions of our sport.
> Case 1: Ryan seems obsessed by pornography. He feels
> compelled to ask almost every one of the "youth brigade"
> interviewees about pornography. eg Q to Garfield King (age 14):
> [Which do you prefer] "Stuff or Penthouse?" Funny huh? Pretty
> cool? Does implicit (even attempted humourous) endorsement
> of pornography to minors cross a legal boundary? Similar
> questions abound in previous issues. Do questions like this
> help to make the female readership feel comfortable? Does it
> help to dispel the macho image of Kitesurfing and attract women
> Case 2: A recent issue of Kiteboarding Mag featured a picture of
> an obese kitesurfer wearing a helmet with a large caption:"Don't
> Be a Helmet." The juxtaposition was clearly disparaging the man
> featured in the photograph in particular and the wearing of a
> helmet in general. All other photos in the magazine showed
> muscled athletic kitesurfers generally wearing no safety
> precautions (helmets, leashes, impact vests). It was no
> coincidence that only one photo displayed an obese, unfit
> middle-aged man in an unflattering pose wearing a HELMET.
> "Kiteboarding Mag" tried desperately to backtrack in its Jan 2003
> edition by describing the poor man featured as a "cool guy that I
> met in Texas who was learning to kite." Maybe the mag decided
> to call the poor man "cool" because he was threatening to sue
> their pants off. The editorial attempts at justification were sad
> and bordered on the ridiculous. Ryan admits he was equating
> the word "helmet" with "dick" (as in dickhead) but then tries to
> say he wasn't making fun of helmets.... Go figure.
> Case 3: In its attempts to be super cool, KB Mag places little
> emphasis on safety. Few articles focus specifically on safety.
> Virtually no riders are shown wearing safety leashes or helmets.
> Case 4: Ryan slams the kiteboarding "underworld" that exists in
> internet e-groups and chat rooms. He may have a point when he
> says "many of these cyber-kite-boarders spend their spare time
> dissecting and analyzing our sport while the rest of us are on the
> water progressing....oftentimes the people who answer the qs
> are not qualified to respond." Yeh, these things may be true. But
> these e-groups can be helpful (eg the Airush forum- does have a
> few kooks, but is generally helpful). They also enable issues like
> the attitude problem of Kiteboarding Mag to be aired without
> editorial censorship or a ridiculous spin being put on the letters.
> There is a perception that many kiteboarders have a bad attitude.
> Contributing to this perception are irresponsible safety practices,
> injuries to innocent bystanders, countless rider injuries and an
> escalating death toll. There is a distinct subculture in
> which espouses an "in your face" two-fingered-saluting,face
> trash-talking, board-short over wetsuit and penis obsessed
> macho dickhead mentality. Kiteboarding Mag is in the vanguard.
> It is the irresponsible, selfish, in-your-face kitesurfer who is
> contributing to kitesurfing being banned from beaches around
> the world.
> In a larger geopolitical climate, there is a perception in some
> parts of the world that the Western World is decadent, insensitive
> to other cultures, and culturally imperialistic. It is the in-your-
> aggressive macho/porno better-than-you image promoted byit
> organisations like Kiteboarding Mag which may help reinforce
> this misconception.
> Having said all of that, I'll still be buying the Mag. There is
> enough good stuff (eg location and gear reviews, trick
> sequences) to keep me coming back for more. Nevertheless,
> let's get real. We kitesurf because we love it; we love the wind,
> the water, the sensation of surging through the air and water
> carried on a wind borne wing. I listen to JS Bach and wear a
> helmet and leash; I try to be careful of and respectful of other
> water users. I don't need to read pornography, trash talk, 2-finger
> salute and disparage others to have fun on the water.
> POSTING NUMBER 2:
> Let's not let KB Mag or Ryan Riccitelli off the hook. There are
> problems which should be addressed:
> 1] Ryan's pornocentric interviews to minors.
> 2] Ryan's general obsession with pornography eg Continual
> references to Penthouse
> 3] Sexism and objectification of women eg Cyber Cindy photos. A
> posting on www.kiteforum.com indicates women DO feel
> uncomfortable about KB Mag's soft porn sexism.
> 4] Please tell me the "Cyber Cindy" photo in the Jan 2003 issue
> shows a girl over the age of 18. She certainly looks younger; it
> would be sick and legally dubious if, as I suspect, Ryan has
> published a picture of a teenager in a suggestive pose for the
> average 30yo readership to ogle.
> 5] There is a distinct "better than you" in your face attitude
> promoted by KB Mag and Ryan. The "Don't be a Helmet" article
> was clearly disparaging the obese man in the photo and the
> wearing of helmets in general. Ryan's attempts at justification
> WERE sad and bordered on the ridiculous. Subsequently
> describing the poor guy featured as "some cool guy" was a
> virtual admission of guilt. What makes a guy "cool?" "Coolness"
> implies trendiness and acceptance by the clique. We don't know
> anything about the poor man featured other than the fact that he
> is obese, middle-aged, and DOESN'T fit KB's prevailing image of
> "cool" because he is wearing a helmet, impact vest, seat
> harness, and is striking an unflattering pose.
> 6] There is a brown-nosing side to the Mag which is regrettable.
> eg The "readers' poll" of favourite kitesurfers which simply
> seemed like Ryan's attempts to suck up to a certain clique of
> American riders. Why wasn't Mark Shinn featured? Surely
> Americans are not so insular as to exclude a rider of Shinn's
> calibre simply because he is not American? The top 10 thing
> seemed symptomatic of Ryan's immaturiy and KB's attempts at
> ingratiation and a reflection of insularity.
> 7] There is minimal focus on safety. There is a subtle
> encouragement of unsafe practices in the photos. eg No
> leashes, no helmets, generally no impact vests.
> 8] There IS a distinct subculture in Kitesurfing which thrives on
> trash-talking, arrogant, in-your-face, and antisocial behaviour.
> This subset is overly represented in injuries to themselves,
> bystanders, and damage to property. This subset is helping to
> bring kitesurfing into disrepute and contributing to bans. This
> drunken redneck trash-talking two-finger saluting attitude is
> encouraged by KB Mag in its syntax ("Dude" "Cool" "Don't be a
> helmet" "Penthouse" "Sick"), articles, attitude, and soft-porn
> 9] In a larger geopolitical context, we as kitesurfers, have a
> responsibility to our sport and our countries. Aggression,
> redneck sexism, poking fun at people who don't fit the image (eg
> obesity) is a bad reflection on Kitesurfing and the Western
> lifestyle. We probably should try to be sensitive to other people
> and cultures in this era; KB Mag's aggro macho porno insular
> attitude encourages misconceptions about the West and
> encourages immitation in an impressionable immature
> readership. I get angry with this arrogant
> in-your-face-better-than-you attitude, and I'm a Westerner who
> loves kitesurfing. Imagine the effect on a non-kitesurfer from
> another culture and country.
> 10] For those who say we should "get a life" and stop
> complaining, that we should be kitesurfing rather than sitting at
> our computers... Fair point. But it doesn't blow all the time and
> is possible to bring attention to issues like KB Mag's attitudethat
> which DO impact on our sport.
> Kiteboarding Mag and Ryan Riccitelli DO have a bad attitude.
> Some of the articles, gear and location reviews, even the ads,
> will keep me coming back for more. It is still possible to like the
> photos, ads, reviews etc, and be repulsed by the editorial
> shortcomings. I won't be voting with my wallet, I will be continue
> to buy the Mag, despite the sad editorial line. It is fair to say
> there is considerable antagonism towards KB Mag because ofa
> its editorial line and attitude; it is probably fair to assume that
> significant number of kitesurfers have vetoed the mag. It may be
> worthwhile informing the Mag's owners [World Publications] that
> their bottom line could be improved by a change of editor or
> editorial attitude. Similarly, it may be worth informing some of
> the advertisers (Naish, Wipika, Slingshot, North, Liquid Force,
> Pryde, Cabrinha, Flexifoil, Honda, JoJo, Flysurfer, NSI, Airush)
> that the redneck in-your-face aggro macho porno attitude
> espoused in the Mag reflects poorly on their product.
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