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What is more important – technical skills or knowledge of art history? Fareed discusses the issue with 'New Yorker' staff writer Adam Gopnik. Watch the video for the full interview.
Apple is primarily an enterprise in the arts and design, perhaps before anything else. But I also think it's true that we don't have to apologize for the humanities and the arts in that way, because the truth is that in every civilization that we know of, that interests us at all, there's an ongoing conversation about books and pictures.
You know, when I went out to the Google campus a few years ago those guys didn't want to talk about Google Translate. They wanted to talk about an Alice Munro story or they wanted to talk about "Breaking Bad," a kind of natural conversation in life. It's conversation about books and pictures. That's an ongoing conversation. It doesn't depend on universities. But what universities do, what humanities programs, art history programs do, I think, is that they do two things: They take the conversation back into history so that we know that that conversation we're having about Homeland is also a conversation we can have about George Elliott or Dickens. And they do something even more important I think – they democratize the conversation.
You know, my father's father, my grandfather, was a little grocer, a butcher, no knowledge of the arts at all. Wonderful man, but a simple immigrant. My father became a professor of 18th Century English literature. Why did he do that? It's because you can go to school and walk into an English department. And so when people say well, the humanities are elitist, it's just the opposite. It's when we don't have humanities departments that that conversation about civilization is elitist. When we have them at universities it means anybody can take part.