Something I saw on a forum recently…
Once people see something, some of them are probably going to attempt it, and if no useful information on how to do it is available, then they will reverse engineer what they’ve seen. So if you don’t want people to reverse engineer things, publish your techniques.
This unfortunately reads to me as saying… “Once someone stupid decides to do something stupid they’re going to do it, and stupidly. And if YOU didn’t educate them in advance it’s your personal fault that a stupid person did something stupid in a stupid way because you didn’t put up an online tutorial that would have stopped anything stupid from happening! So if you didn’t get there first and educate them then you’ve got no right to complain, point out or even be concerned over this.“
I mean… Really?
I find this kind of attitude just incredible. Personally I don’t publish advanced techniques on-line at all. I refuse to, I believe it’s dangerous, I believe it will give the stupid a false sense of security and will not adequately inform the sensible to allow them to proceed responsibly.
I’ve thought a lot about my position on this, I would much rather live with myself as a responsible educator than do something I believe is counter productive to please others. Now before anyone goes off the deep end about my ‘protecting secrets’ or not wanting to educate, I do, very much want to educate. But the thing people sometimes don’t like is that I wont compromise on what I think is responsible education. I do have tutorials of all kinds of stuff, it’s just not available to the general public. It is available to students that I know from personal experience are able to utilise them sensibly and responsibly and wont ‘chance it’ or ‘see what happens’ when they’re unsure, they’ll find out first. Not just throwing things of any and all levels out into the blue and hoping that the stupid person who was going to do something stupid anyway isn’t going to use this information stupidly, I mean I’d have to think that stupid people were stupid and likely to do stupid things to think that wouldn’t I? Or am I being stupid about this?
And guess what, I don’t charge for those videos at all. Yep, they’re free, at no cost. All someone needs to do is show me unequivocally that they posses the necessary skills, intelligence and temperament to utilise them sensibly. This involves me as a teacher actually being aware of their skills and temperament and giving information that they can make use of intelligently. And that requires effort, from me but also from the student. That is the only price they must pay.
Amazing isn’t it that for some, that is a price that’s too high to pay?
(I just want to add to this thought that I’d like people to think about this, because if you can’t understand why I think this way they you might want to think very hard about what education really is and how rationally and sensibly you are approaching your attitude to a subject that can actually lead to permanent injury for a loved one if you don’t in fact approach it with reasonable care, dedication and seriousness.)