On Meaningful Observation By John Maeda

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In John Maeda's article "On Meaningful Observation", Maeda effectively supports his claim that art and science should coincide for the purpose of innovation by using autobiographical authentication, personal experiences, and constructive, pathos-derived proposals in order to explain art's emotional necessity in science. Maeda authenticates himself to allow him to be a valid discusser of his perceived issue of science lacking art. He does so in the second paragraph stating, "As a lifelong STEM student myself...". STEM is an acronym that means science, technology, electronics, and math. Being a long-term studier and teacher of STEM gives the audience validation of Maeda's ability to be somewhat critical and openminded about the topic of it lacking …show more content…

This only further elaborates on his proclaimed knowledge of technology and science. Maeda lays down a firm foundation of his own credentials before proceeding on to his argument, which allows the audience to see him as a trustworthy and intelligent party to hear out. Maeda provides detailed examples of times in his life where he felt art needed to be copilots with technology on the plane of technological innovation. His first example is in paragraph four when he describes his transition from studying and teaching technology at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to working in design at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). He then explains his new eye-opening experience to the world of creation. He says, "RISD represents the ultimate culture of makers. There is no... greater goal achieved than an idea... expressed through something made with your hands." Maeda uses this personal experience to explain his introduction with art and then …show more content…

In the final paragraph, he creates a new acronym called STEAM and explains, "an 'A' for art between the engineering and the math to ground the bits and bytes in the physical world... to make them human." This provides a peaceful suggestion of compromise for the bettering of one outcome and appeals emotionally to those who feel they're lacking in an emotional connection with recent innovation. It is also an inclusive suggestion that leave no party left out of consideration. He goes to say that maybe STEM should be separate from art and art should have its own acronym that occasionally teams up with STEM. He states his new acronym as," IDEA, made of intuition, design, emotion, and art...". This suggestion appeals to the audience subset that prefers labels for new ideas and is a wise supporting claim on Maeda's part in order to gain a certain number of pwople's interest and understanding. Though he mildly suggests that art and science should be seperated in some cases, Maeda then finalizes his argument with a restating of his original statement; science needs art in order for revolutionary innovation to occur. This creates the understanding of a less open-minded crowd who perhaps prefer segregation of the two subjects, allowing Maeda's argument to prove efficient once

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