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Re: New animated video: Fight to Repair

From: Paul Sutton
Subject: Re: New animated video: Fight to Repair
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:38:20 +0000

On 16/01/2021 10:14, quiliro wrote:
"Paul D. Fernhout" <> writes:

Hi Greg,

Thanks for making this video. It makes an important point about risk and
proprietary software in a persuasive way.

As mentioned previously (2020-08-08) I did not like the last 30 seconds
of "The University of Costumed Heroes" where the FSF-oriented "hero"
kills people. By contrast, "Fight to Repair" does not have that specific
issue, as instead the villain is turned over to the police instead of
being murdered by a vigilante FSF advocate.

There is still physical violence by the hero near the end of "Fight to
Repair" which could *potentially* have ended in the death of the villain
(from being kicked off a motorcycle at high speed). Potentially -- out
of context -- such an action by the hero could be categorized as felony
assault? Although presumably in context that assault would not be
prosecuted as such as it was in defense of two other people's lives? And
in the end the villain just ended up sliding into a pile of garbage
without apparent injury from the physical assault -- which maybe is the
best one could hope for in this genre?

Of course, the police and courts can engage in state-sanctioned
violence. So, turning over a presumed criminal to police isn't entirely
a non-violent conflict-resolving act in that sense (even without things
like George Floyd tragedy). Nonetheless, involving the police or courts
is generally considered an appropriate response to lawbreaking conflict
in our society (especially compared to vigilante violence).

I continue to encourage you -- especially in light of recent events in
the USA -- to think more deeply about crafting FSF messages that avoid
explicitly or implicitly endorsing the idea that "vigilante violence is
the answer". In that sense, this video is much better than the last. But
there may still be room for improvement -- or maybe not given the genre?

In case it helps, here is a book review I did in 2009 on "The War Play
Dilemma: What Every Parent And Teacher Needs to Know" by Diane E. Levin
and  Nancy Carlsson-Paige which might provide some more context on where
I am coming from:
"The "dilemma" is about a fundamental conflict parents face when dealing
with war play. On the one hand, most parents want children to grow and
develop by working through developmental issues (like learning to deal
with conflict, learning self-control, and learning respect for
themselves and others through play, including play involving conflicts
as hands-on-learning). On the other hand, most parents want to convey
social values related to their beliefs about violence and war as ways to
solve social conflicts. The authors clearly do not say all war play is
bad, and they also point out that even a cracker can be turned into a
gun with one bite. The authors say there are no easy general answers to
this dilemma in all situations, but provide a range of options."

Most of us grew up on a steady diet of violent media -- so watching
physical assault in videos has been normalized in that sense. And it's
true that conflict is a core part of almost any story. Thinking about
ways to transcend conflicts -- especially non-violently -- can be a huge
challenge. One possible starting point:

Thanks for continuing to refine the FSF message in more positive ways.

That is a very enlightening analysis.  Thank you very much for your
input Paul                                       .

I would like to see some good reference to non-violent examples, beyond
the classical King and Gandhi, in order to visualize what a non-violent
free software promotional video could be.

Agreed, I was thinking of a storyline such as

Video starts with text in the corner saying present day
User is operating a device, e.g laptop, the screen flashes error and it turns off,

user tries to find a way to dismantle device,  and finds he / she can't
calls up manufacturer and is told she / she is not permitted to do that

device is thrown in to trash,, video zooms out to a whole city scape then zooms in to a landfill, filling up with broken devices. Date in corner shows a year go by with devices filling up the landfil

a message flashes on screen,it never used to be that way

the video then rewinds back, (think back to when you rewound old VCR tapes) with a clock date in the corner to say for example 1970s when we could just take stuff apart and fix it with a soldering iron

same thing happens, user is able to fix the device

fast forward back to present day + 5 years

message comes up right to repair allows us to fix devices, give them new life / use and is better for the environment.

Shows people fixing devices and giving to the more needy, extending life and swapping parts to help with the above.

also shows install of free software to refurbished devices.

Just a thought on a different storyline, due to the environmental side of this perhaps a partnership with them, to help with sponsorship.


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