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Saturday, July 21, 2012

What do I think of Will's picture? Part I

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Will's picture is, on the whole, a critical one. What do we see if we turn a critical eye on that picture itself? As readers will have gathered from the last few posts, I am broadly sympathetic to the picture. It expresses in a vivid way some issues that have been around for a while in the profession. More importantly, it brings up new issues that few others have put their finger on. But it also raises a number of puzzles and leaves a number of gaps to fill. This post is a résumé of the virtues and novelties of Will's picture as I see them. The follow-up post looks at some of the gaps and puzzles. Expand post.

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