It's frustrating when young people are so conservative about techniques. The school system often pushes a certain kind of conformity and from the other side the job market often instills the idea that one needs to have "skills" that can be reduced to standardized techniques. For me that means that a lot of 19-year-olds think I'm a crazy heretic when I suggest that you can make a compelling image without using a particular product from the Adobe Corporation.

@KnowPresent Do you have any advice on how to sell lecturers on this idea? I feel like teaching expensive software is a major class issue as well as not giving people general knowledge. I everyone acts like I'm unreasonable for wanting to teach foss tools instead of rental music software that have expensive licenses that they have to keep paying for.

@celesteh It's hard to get teachers to take up new tools. I frame it as a political question, that the academic tradition is to teach concepts not products and that this is important long-term. If, for example, you have a deeper understanding of pixels, various operations on them and of photographic language then you can work with whatever new cameras and software comes along adapting your practice as you go. If you're stuck with Product X they'll chain you in the basement retouching pimples.

@KnowPresent yeah. I can never get anybody to give me permission to use foss tools for concepts. They think students get confused if they're shown too many different tools and approaches. Maybe this is true?

@celesteh Oh definitely. Diversity is very dangerous. That's why art historians only study one painting. If they look at too many, their little brains get confused and start to think about different artistic perspectives. Musicians also, should only listen to one album ever, preferably just one song. If you hear different things it can make your neurons short circuit and you start wearing loud colored shirts, etc.

@KnowPresent hm. Perhaps my ridiculous wardrobe is working against my credibility.

The thing is: I'll buy every book on the reading list and it's just a cost of teaching. Albums too. But I'm not going to buy an overpriced laptop with a bunch of cookie cutter software.

But not knowing how to use, say, logic, when i need to run a demo and audacity isn't installed wastes a lot of classtime if logic is failing to record for some reason

To pick an example not from today's semi disastrous workshop

@celesteh I am not much of a fan of the 90s-style instructional computer labs. They are strictly designed for frontal instruction, strictly solo work, corporate training-type setups.
So I come with my own laptop with software installed. The students also have to maintain (mac, wintel, whatever) their own machines. So I do have a bit of work coping with brittle corporate OS issues but it means we have a lot of autonomy. The kids also develop a more independent, responsible idea of being a "user".

@KnowPresent i just got tired of fighting this. I think it's a casualty of the NSS. Structuring all off higher education from results of student surveys is certainly... a thing.

I have to say i didn't what's discover the wisdom of some things until years after i graduated.

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