From signal vs. noise (again)

Art statements, Pitchfork, and fancypants analysis:

A nice piece about over intellectualizing art. Here is my favorite quote in the piece:

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It reminds me of a quote I once read on a bathroom wall: “Academics take simple ideas and make them complicated. Artists take complicated ideas and make them simple.” If you can come up with a truly elucidating explanation of art, then, by all means, go for it. Otherwise, shut up. Actually, that’s pretty true for any writing. If you’re not making things clearer, stop typing.

I always feel slightly sheepish when a good student finally understands what I teach. They always say: ‘This stuff seems so simple.’ I think that’s because the good ideas simplify complicated things. Not vice versa. Also true for good research; it makes complicated problems simple. And opens the doors to solving new problems.

Good academics simplify. But why do we have such a bad reputation?

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