Introduction

Introduction

Why Question Innovation?

"The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament." - Steve Jobs, quoted in Owen Linzmayer's Apple Confidential 2.0.

Innovation recognizes that we face challenges now and responds with faith in the future. Maybe this is all to the good. Maybe the best escapes from our current entanglements have not yet been found. But the notion of innovating our way out of contentious debates is fishy. Our seemingly insurmountable disagreements reflect what we think of as real ethical and ideological difference. The innovation ethos says that these differences are in fact insubstantial and that there is a solution we will all agree to if only we can think of it and engineer it into existence. - Simon Waxman, Against Innovation

What do we hope to accomplish by questioning the idea of innovation? Is it pushback, discourse, solution? Are we instigating and criticizing without merit, or are we considerate and thoughtful while concerned?