Friday, November 14, 2008
More Studio Rent Justification
On a public radio program, On the Media, an educator describes an economics textbook he has written in reaction to the bad options offered his students. In his subject, published textbooks are too generic and cost $150. His text is targeted to his students and costs $11.
Why did this guy write what is basically a free textbook? He hopes other economists will take his text and improve it (others are not allowed to profit from his work). And why did he make it free? Because he, like college professors all over, writes scholarly articles which are submitted without recompense, to academic journals. This is his job. To share knowledge for free.
(Note: At research institutions, professors are expected to publish, which builds reputation and gets you tenure.)
Then why do I feel so guilty that I paint but don’t sell my work? Why do we visual artists crave validation through commerce, when it’s an educator’s job to create and give away the creation? Making art benefits my students by making me a better teacher. That should be enough.
Drawing by Wayne Hulgin, I don’t own it, but wish I did…