[Sugar-devel] Religious/Spiritual Text

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Thu Dec 17 17:52:47 EST 2009

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 04:03:13PM -0500, Wade Brainerd wrote:
> Personally, I would find it appropriate and sufficient if you added a
> note about the religious content to the OurMusic and OurMusicMC
> activity descriptions at activities.sugarlabs.org.

I too think that is appropriate and sufficient.

There are activities that promote commerce as well, yet there are some
who are offended by that.

Just make it clear what is in it, and wear the risk.

Reminds me of Julian Morrow's lecture (at the Andrew Olle Media Lecture
2009 in Sydney), on the use of offensive or hurtful humour.  I think a
key point that Julian made can be used here.  Any content that we create
for the world may trigger certain responses; the children (or adults)
may either:

1.  be hurt, or harmed,

2.  take offence, or be outraged,

3.  simply not like it.

We should certainly avoid hurt.  We should avoid outrage or offence, by
giving them upfront information that lets them avoid the content, and by
ensuring that the content does have some compensating benefit.  We can't
do a thing about them not liking it.

(I also commend Julian's lecture; while it may have several things that
are very Australian and therefore difficult to translate, it was


James Cameron

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