UK : Games and class
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July 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm #701294
A young woman from the housing co-op mentioned this blog in her tweets. I wasn’t entirely surprised by the subject -its a good thing that younger people in the UK are considering the political/cultural implications of their computer games; but hadn’t expected the articles below to also have been in the Morning Star (UK socialist newspaper)!
Last time I had read this (about 1999) I thought it was written by some middle aged journos who, if they had computers at all, would more likely still be using something like a shared CP/M system built out of hoarded components and some assistance from Germany and Denmark; and no one under 50 wrote for this paper (or read it!)
It does appear the blog writer was a subeditor for them until recently and has had these articles published, whether he still writes for them is unclear. The rest of the Morning Star which I looked at for old times sake does still read like it was written by half of your schoolteachers from the 1980s – the arts/footy sections are behind a paywall – which at least gave me a laugh (and it is not full with trackers like the Grauniad or requires you to log in like De Volkskrant). I did find his articles eventually but the way they are laid out (which makes sense for dead tree newspapers) gets him mixed up with lots of other reporters. I can half understand why left wing organisations would do this but it makes an interesting article much harder to find online….
At least they have let Simon keep his copyright and the independent blog.July 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm #974100
Finished talking about being bummed at public school already GL or you just naturally change the subject?July 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm #974097
that to be fair was one thing that didn’t happen (it was the 1980s rather than 1970s) – nor does going to one make everyone turn gay (and if they were no one else was that bothered). The same applies to prisons in the UK. This post is a genuine link to a blog about modern computer games and 1980s style social class struggle which I hadn’t expected to see in a 21st century tweet!July 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm #974101
Allegedly didn’t happen GL, until it’s been through court and we’ve heard alll the sordid details we won’t be able to properly judge you.
Has to be allegedly or it libelous in this country.July 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm #974098
To be fair those who did anything of the sort at these schools are indeed being nicked; it was the teachers! (one did get prison; in about 2006. it wasn’t a very long stretch as he had only been grooming some lads into posing for photos).
There was bullying and racism there; but amongst the pupils no actual sexual abuse. At that age (11-13) we just didn’t think to do stuff like that (even if some lads there were obviously gay). There was none either in the co-educational comprehensive high school I went to immediately afterwards (and less racism/bullying) – in many respects the 1980s was a more innocent and safer time for kids; even if all the computers were mostly being used to work out ways of blowing the world to ash instead of for games and the internet…July 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm #974102
:O I thought you were a victim, had no idea you were a perpetrator, maybe we shouldn’t mention this here.July 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm #974099
I’m not that bloody old!
A lot of todays child safety paranoia is due to people getting nicked who committed these crimes in the 1960s/1970s and didn’t get dealt with back then. The cops are finally catching up with them (often because they commit other crimes). By the late 1970s all of Europe was to some extent wise to the risks against children there was some safeguarding for all children below about age 13-15; even in private schools/faith schools. Above that age was (and to some extent still is) a grey area as the age of consent varies.
The UK does seem to have have a historical problem with tolerating bullying/abuse by middle class white males a bit more than other countries; due to the same class structure the blogger is writing about. That only exists to a lesser extent in the rest of Europe.
One thing my private school did have to be fair was access to various computers.
this becomes significant today as many computer games companies in the UK and USA as well as a lot of online marketing/social network places are often run by middle class white males who grew up in the 1980s. This isn’t because those of other ethnicity or gender didn’t also learn about computers back then (they did, more so than today) but if they ended up working in IT they got jobs doing something more immediately useful but less glamorous than game development or web apps and thus play less of an obvious part on todays online culture.
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