I was happily reading my little academic journal article when I came across the following quote:
one of the risks is the use of the [complicated technical term] panels as a canvas by graffiti “artists.”
And here is my editorial dilemma. The text was written by an engineer. While engineers are not without creativity, there is little room for creativity in their journal articles. I appreciate that the writer even thought to use the word “artist,” because sometimes graffiti can be quite artistic. But the ironic quotes ruined it all. In fact, with that small exchange, the writer is taking his text in directions he doesn’t really need to go. And so, I took out “artists.” Now it’s not an issue.
How do you contribute to crushing creativity?