Re: Lost in Monotony: After college dilemma
Glenn, you are easily (self)aware enough NOT to be intimidated by the range of exchanges that occur in the academic environment. Yes, it is a passive environment, yes can be a bit coddling - BUT in the drudge of the "real" world you will be hard-pressed to add much vitality to your think. It often requires intellectual antagonists, provocateurs and opponents to inflame the changes that are necessary throughout an art life. Yes, you can read - but that is one-sided. What is more likely to happen is that you will align with mass-propoganda (left, right, conservative, orthodox, cults, parties, congregations, cliques, teams and constituencies) that will lead you to their sameness. And sameness is an art killer.
And there is NOTHING better than critical/original thought to prepare you for WHATEVER you will be doing with your existence. Nothing. The academic environment is, theoretically, FOR this. Although I am distressed to see university curriculums deteriorating into trade schools; only ABOUT preparing student for a J-O-B. And jobs suck, the lot.