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My previous comment was not really a call to action, although my brain started working on it afterwards. (However, I know me and I'd forget about it.)

Really, its all part of something I've been thinking about for awhile. I think we as a College need to start working on heraldic education. On all levels. But more importantly, we need to start making heraldry fun again.

And I admit, I have limited clue on how to do that, but I know for a fact there are people smarter than me in this area who can help figure it out. :)

Now, I opine a lot, and I want to talk about that a moment. Sometimes changes need to be made to things. I think that change needs to be thoughtful. I think that jumping in to CHANGE THIS NOW does two things, it alienates the people you're trying to work with, and it causes people to want to beat you down. (Yes, my Calontiri friends, I did learn my lesson, I still have the scars, but they were Friendly Lessons.) Yes, that presumes you have to work with someone...but you ALWAYS have to work with someone.

I think that looking at things, from all angles, getting opinions, working on it a bit more, and formulating your opinon in as clear a way as possible is good. Then I think asking...ASKING...the Powers that Be (and there are always powers that be, no matter how high you are) what their opinion is and thoughts are, and offering thoughtful commentary is the best way to do things. Sometimes you won't be able to effect change.

Change in the SCA is like water hitting rock. While it may take a long time to do it, eventually the rock wears away. Only rarely, and then you had better be damned sure where you stand and have a ton of people on your back, can you pull off a tsunami of change. Usually it isn't worth it. Sometimes its needed, but normally incremental change is better.

Date: 2011-05-09 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Make it fun. The rest will happen.

Make it a bureaucratic piece of crap, and only the wrong sort will want to do it. Ahem....

expanding

Date: 2011-05-11 03:29 pm (UTC)
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The more research I have done, the more evidence I see that the herald was not really all that important in the middle ages. A minor functionary in tournament, a potential unimportant staff member in protocol, largely uninvolved in diplomacy.

The edifice that is SCA heraldry is, well, just plain wrong. Especially when compared to how we teach and support clothing and costume.

When I was younger and knew less about history and heraldry, I used to compare the SCA Heralds to various Catholic Orders - and largely to the Jesuits.

Nowadays, I think TSA is a more appropriate comparison. :-)

Re: expanding

Date: 2011-05-11 04:35 pm (UTC)
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The more I ponder, the more I think the TSA comparison applies to the SCA in general. :-)

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