[lit-ideas] Re: Either this is a tautology, or it's not.

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:35:02 +0900

A new innovation could be the latest in a series of innovations — not a
tautology at all.


On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 5:09 AM, David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Is "new innovation" one?  Whenever people speak of "new and innovative"
> blah, blahs, I usually shut my ears, same as when the BBC wrote of Murray
> not being quite aware of the "enormity" of the occasion.  (Tennis is
> bloodier than I knew, perhaps?)  But now I reflect I suppose it's just
> possible to innovate so quickly that one has to distinguish the last
> innovation from the slightly newer one.  Like giving birth to twins.
>  "Here's my one innovation and look, here's his brother, coming down the
> birth canal.  When he arrives, he'll be the new innovation."
> My college is going to have a room devoted to innovation and
> interdisciplinary creativity, just like Harvard.  Harvard's building is
> called the "Innovation Lab."  Ours is called "Bridge Lab," or possibly
> BridgeLab.  Harvard has noticed that some of its best and brightest are
> sensing that the place which is most likely to be open to their ideas is
> Silicon Valley.  So Harvard's building encourages people to ride scooters
> indoors, to sit on beanbag chairs, to write on whiteboards (apparently they
> haven't heard of writing on windows--the true sign of a pressed mind).  It
> looks nice:
> http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/11/harvard-innovation-lab-opens
> Yesterday I attended an unusual wedding.  The ceremony was held in
> Spanish.  I don't believe either of the couple speaks that language.  Ah,
> art students.  I had an interesting chat with a Vietnam Vet who had learned
> ceramics at the Claremont Colleges and who...clearly this is not where the
> conversation began...had been treated for PTSD.  I was able to tell him the
> history of the ailment; he told me how he was treated.  Light, party
> conversation.
> My man Murray won.  You may have heard.  No doubt the Stirling Observer
> will be on about Murray for the next few hundred years.  The front page of
> the Oregonian's sport section today: Portland Timbers lose, Hillsboro Hops
> prevail, J.J. Hickson is moving to Denver, the 25 most important people in
> Oregon sports and...small and in the corner...a wee photo of Murray.  AP
> reporting of his win was at the bottom of page two.  No local connection.
> I liked a line in the Guardian saying that Murray was the first ever
> British male to win Wimbledon in shorts.  How innovative.
> Carry on,
> David Ritchie,
> Portland,
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