Monday, July 11, 2011

are the creative industries actually the destructive industries?

I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a recent RSA/Future Artists/Potico unconference on enterprise and the creative industries, and through discussions and debate with particpants there am beginning to think that the creative industries are actually quite dangerous...

after all, creativity demands that we challange our accepted (and comfortable) norms, expectations, knowledge and wisdom - manifestations of work from within the creative industries often cause upset, shock and dislike and so are often dismissed out of hand and not seen to be of value;

and maybe that's why in the UK we don't embrace the creative industries as well as other nations do (and the associated limitations that we therefore place on our society and economy in doing so) - we keep them on the fringes of acceptability because they are so disruptive and (personally) challenging. But can't such destructive tendancy utimately a good thing?

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