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...you do not, in fact, know it all.

I know you think you do. I have been there. I know what's going through your head right now. You've read books. You've gone to lectures. You have spent long hours with your fellow artsy friends in coffee shops, or on forums, or at Burning Man thinking about these things.

I mean, really thinking about them, man.

It's great that you're burning daylight and brainpower on this. That you have sources to back up your claims. That you can cite them effortlessly. I actually think the professor would be happy to debate them with you (he is, after all, in academia -- that's what good academics do).

However, there's a right time to do that. And the right time is not immediately after he's stood in front of 500+ people for an hour distilling a year's worth of research for them. The right time is not when all of us just want to go up and thank him for, y'know, bringing us into the industry through awesome games like Wishbringer and Loom. It is certainly not a time to dress him down and tell him that his speech was a "disservice to the gaming community".

I am not saying your deep, deep thoughts aren't valid. If I'm sneering at them, it's only because I found your behavior discourteous, and that's my reaction to that kind of behavior.

Your words were emotionally charged. You were not critical -- you were just rude. But you are young, and hopefully, you will get better.

In the end, I noted that the professor gave you his card and encouraged you to contact him to discuss your opinions. That was quite gracious of him, and appropriate.

Here's a tip: next time you're in a room full of people wanting to hear Moriarty (not you) speak, here's what you do. Get out a pen and a pad of paper. Make a note where in the discussion you disagreed with him. Write down what you disagreed with, along with your counterpoint. Then, contact him and bring it up. Voila! You have managed to fulfill your need to engage in critical discussion without annoying the fuck out of everyone around you.

Is it less dramatic than ambushing him post-lecture? Yes. Is it more constructive? Hell yes. And if your intent really is to discuss this, that's what you should be going for. Otherwise, you're just another annoying jerk that needs an urgent appointment with Batman's fist.

So, in summary: my problem is not with the argument itself. My problem was with the way you went about it. I hope that when next you contact him, you offer up at least a brief apology, something to the effect that you were strung up on caffeine and three days of GDC and you couldn't control yourself. Then, and only then, do I think you should give him your serious analysis of his presentation.

But until you can get past your need to prove how smart you are, or to tell people when they are wrong (in your opinion -- and a lecture on art, the nature of art, and whether games are art is entirely opinion), I think you should know there was at least one person in the audience who found your way of going about things unacceptable.

Yours truly,
Steph

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zhai
Mar. 6th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Wow.
onalark
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Seriously.

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