It’s ironic because significant changes in art, technology, science, and all culture starts by building on what has come before, not by throwing it away. In jazz, for instance, Bird, Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock all spent years understanding the tradition — thousands of hours of listening and practice — before making their own musical breakthroughs. The best and deepest thinking always involves a dialectic between us and those who came before us, feeling our way forward together, forever imperfectly, towards truth. This is also why great teaching is always both a subversive and a conservative act, and why one of the foundational liberal arts is called love of wisdom.
…f innovation in universities, other disciplines have had to contort themselves to fit that profile. Artists raised their hands to announce, “Look, we can commodify things too,” and started talking about STEAM. Crucial point: if you add the humanities to this mix, you get SHTEAM. (Say it like Mel Brooks would say it.)