No Creativity

Just been reading an interesting article in The Slate. It just says in very plain language what I’ve felt for a long time, namely that the rhetoric of creativity in business is merely rhetoric. Here’s one quote:

“This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.”

That was my experience working on a start up with a Silicon Valley partner. Another quote, just as grimly amusing, and very much applicable to art school:

“Unfortunately, the place where our first creative ideas go to die is the place that should be most open to them—school. Studies show that teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring….classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told.”

Robert Linsley, Untitled watercolor 2009-2014

Robert Linsley, Untitled watercolor 2009-2014

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2 Responses to No Creativity

  1. Mike says:

    you were a pretty good teacher…

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