“The creative world as he know it is not flowering, but dying.”
“It was a literature of superstition, in which everything always worked out and the good guys always triumphed and the right inventions always came along in the nick of time”
“what we call creativity is simply an expression of professional consensus. Using Vincent van Gogh as an example, the author declares that the artist’s “creativity came into being when a sufficient number of art experts felt that his paintings had something important to contribute to the domain of art.” Innovation, that is, exists only when the correctly credentialed hivemind agrees that it does. And “without such a response,” the author continues, “van Gogh would have remained what he was, a disturbed man who painted strange canvases.” What determines “creativity,” in other words, is the very faction it’s supposedly rebelling against: established expertise.”
Source: Thomas Frank’s TED talks are lying to you.