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Academe as artistry?

7 May 2012

Derek Thomson

With the Avengers doing so well at the box office, there’s a good few Joss Whedon quotes floating around at the moment.  This one:

I’ve had so much success. I had something to say, I got to say it, people heard it, and they agreed. That’s every artist’s dream. That’s the brass ring.

makes me wonder if there’s really anything different between academic works and those traditionally thought of as ‘creative.’  All an academic wants is for their work to make a contribution that other people consider worthwhile and useable.  That’s why we exist: to create and advance knowledge; rather than to advance (usually political) agendas through entertainment.

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