The larger, external conflict initially feels like it's about getting pencils into the hands of students. But it's more than that. It's fighting against a new, emerging factory system of education and yet going forward into the twenty-first century. It's teaching immigrant kids and not falling into the Assimilation School mentality. It's technology criticism and technology use.
The idea here is that technology does not exist in a cultural or social vacuum. There are layers of political and social events, personality conflicts and institutional procedures that make meaningful "pencil integration" a difficult endeavor.
The conflicts are sometimes minor, human conflicts like miscommunication or ego damage. Other times they are internal.
My goal here is not simply a gimmicky blog, but a satirical story. I think story is a powerful tool for criticism.