Review: The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hartley's makes a mostly convincing argument that there is increasing value in the pursuit of liberal arts education and that critical insight into human nature that liberal arts help to hone in humans that will be essential as we become a more technological society. In conjunction with various research he provides on the value of a liberal arts degree, he provides innumerable examples of people with liberal arts degrees or background make substantial breakthroughs in the launching of a variety of technological tools and projects. As someone with a liberal arts degree and a value for the pursuit of liberal arts studies in our culture, I appreciated Hartley's arguments. However, one failing of the book that I found and wished he had worked harder for was his over-abundance of examples from students that were at elite or Ivy League colleges and universities. Rarely were smaller state institutions or lesser known private institutions invoked and never do I recall hearing any mention of a community college. In conjunction with that, I found that he sometimes oversold the person's liberal art studies when it turned out to be just a course or two. Coupled with that, it also seemed that the book probably should have been titled, "Why Liberal Arts With Additional Technological Training Will Rule the Digital World" since, again, nearly everyone he discusses had or had to pursue some additional technological training in order to use their liberal arts education.

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