an obession with first principles

Ah, Academics

Posted: Monday Oct 19th | Author: JohnO | Filed under: In the News, Leadership | View Comments

Lessig has to further explain what he was going on about in his last piece. Much like most people misunderstood Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William’s talk about the place of Sharia law within England, I feel that others have done the same to Lessig.

To one degree, it comes down to the difference between academic argument – and don’t forget Lessig was, or still is, a law professor – and the sort of argument you’ll find on Leno, Letterman, or even O’Reilly. No amount of framing, nuance, or subtlety seems to insulate oneself from being entirely misunderstood and caricatured.

It really makes me wonder, as I certainly approach things with the academic method, how to effectively communicate outside the academy. Where effective doesn’t mean getting slammed from both the right, left, top, and bottom, because you might not be an ideologue, or whatever reason. I imagine it requires some sweetness of the tongue that is rather unbecoming an academic. If we all had it, we might as well have been calculating CEO’s I guess.