Parkour needs positive media that spreads understanding. After reading the Hooked On Outdoors Article I realized that it was a step in the wrong direction. Since M2 and Gear are saying it was “favorable” and “quite good” I really feel I need to speak up. I know I have had some bad articles in the past, but I would never act like they were good if I knew otherwise. The Pulse Magazine for example
They flat out lied to me about what they would write, but then I tore the article apart on my website as well as theirs. So here are some things I did not like about this recent article in Hooked On Outdoors.
"Euro-kookiness" - Quite lame, and not taking us seriously.
“and leaping across the rooftops” – That’s not a good thing to have in the title…or in any part of the article. Very bad press.
“Skateboarding without the skateboard” - A step backwards. Every article I do, I tell the writer not to say that (doesn't always work.). That explanation hinders understanding.
"Others call it super-hero running, Euro foolishness—or just plain nuts" - Not taking us seriously again. Parkour is a serious discipline with philosophy behind it...not foolishness.
“a running and jumping game” – No! It is not a game! This article keeps getting worse with every line! Again they are spreading misunderstanding.
“Parkour, often called free running in the US” – Didn’t we just get this all sorted out? They are two different things.
“the mental challenge defines parkour. As you're free running…” – Again, why are they calling parkour and freerunning the same thing? That is another thing I clear up with every writer who asks me for an interview.
“It’s very easy to overlook the philosophy behind it and just focus on the flips and flashier moves” – This quote suggests that flips and flashy moves are part of parkour, which they are not.
Hooked On The Outdoors did an absolutely horrible job with this article. This is easily the worst article since the early days. Like M2 said, they ripped 3 year old quotes. It’s as if they wrote this entire article 3 years ago.
From IwishIcould – “Was their purpose to make me cry? Cause it worked.”
From Gear – “IwishIcould...are you serious? The only downside I saw to the article was the opening quote. The rest was quite good. The bullies in your school must have a great time with you...”
Jesse, are you serious? IwishIcould is right. This is a very disheartening article, especially for me. I’ve been trying very hard to avoid letting bad media like this come out. And the part about the bullies…mean and unnecessary. You ought to apologize.