Gladwell on creativity

Much as I dislike Gladwell’s distrust of the internet as a tool for positive change, there’s truth in his words here that is too often forgotten:

This I think is true, not just of writers, but of anyone who is in a creative space, that you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit.  So a lot of… and occasionally this is, I think, a source of  a great deal of frustration that exists between people in creative and non-creative universes, which is that creative people I think are trying to… their lives and their brains, their brains are messy. Their imaginations are messy.  Why, because they don’t want to throw anything out.  Why don’t they want to throw anything out?  Because they believe on some level that there is always something of interest or value in whatever they encounter.  They know enough about how mysterious and serendipitous and unpredictable the creative process is that they realize that it’s dangerous to kind of make too hasty a judgment about the value of anything that they come across.

I think he should stick to writing and speaking about art and literature rather than technology.

Watch the video here.

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