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May. 18th, 2007

12:22 am - School maps for FPS games

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Date:May 19th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, fair point - something I try to be aware of (in the wake of some arguments) is the way that people are likely to react to what I say/do. I may think that they're idiots for reacting that way, but it may still be easier for me to handle things differently.

In this case, I suppose the question is "who needs to make allowances for whom?" In other words, who are the stupid people in this situation? I'd hope that the headteacher would be smart enough to see that there's no intrinsic danger in a computer map like this. I don't have that same high opinion of journalists, but if a teacher's job is to teach then hopefully the relevant head should be able to get his/her point across to the baying crowds afterwards (ideally in a more diplomatic way than I would!).

I suspect that one significant issue here is the idea that creating a computer map is just a weird thing to do (from the point of view of a headteacher/reporter/concerned parent), so it's easy to associate that kind of weird activity with dangerous behaviour. That comes back to my original motivation for this LJ post: I'd like to think that I'm a vaguely respectable citizen, so if I'm willing to go on record as supporting the maps then it may ease people's minds. I realise that I'm not an "A list blogger", so it's not likely to have any great effect, but pebbles into avalanches and all that :)
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