Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Greatly Exaggerated death of the Humanities

The economy is tanking. And so naturally that brings about new concerns about the state of the humanities. Take a deep breath, folks. the humanities will be fine. We can imagine that college students are all mindless automotons looking to take nothing but business classes. But students still flock to history and English classes all across the country. They will be doing so in a eyar and they will be doing so in a decade and they will be doing so a century from now. The humanities, like the novel, and like rock & roll, always seem to be in a near-death state and yet always manage to defy the dire prognostications. A good rule of thumb is that the idea of a golden age is always a myth.

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