It happens every year. After first semester some 1Ls belatedly realize they need to “step it up” for second semester. Law school isn’t like college: there’s a curve, there are jobs to be wrested from the clutching hands of fellow students, and just because a professor starts babbling about Floridian Burger Kings doesn’t mean you can zone out.
Some people look inward for strength and resolve. Some people blame others. Those outward looking folks are the ones liable to send out emails like this one, which popped up on the University of Chicago Law listserve yesterday:
A friendly warning to fellow 1L’s: if you intend to play video games in class — especially graphics-intensive video games — please remember to sit in the back row so the rest of us don’t have to watch. Super Penguin Mario or Donkey Kong Country may, from your perspective, be a good way to while away a long class; to those sitting behind you, it is a distraction we’d rather not have to deal with.
Sorry to be That Jerk; for what it’s worth I know I’m not alone in strongly preferring this.
Yours from behind an absolutely mirthless smile,
Let’s broaden the discussion after the jump.
You know, instead of asking others to sit in the back row, this student could just sit in the front row. But whatever. I guess it’s a lot easier to demand that other people change their behavior than it is to concern yourself with your own.
But is there really a silent majority of people who spend their time peering over shoulders at personal computer screens and then fuming about what they see? I mean, we’re not talking about graphic pornographic scenes involving goat play are we?
Maybe the gamers at UofC should keep an open tab that — from a glance– appears to be detailed and exquisite notes on the subject matter. That will really bother the hell out of students with nothing better to do than whine about what somebody else has on their computer.