Culture wars? Yes, they are still going on. Just examine the criticism being directed at our receipt of a federal grant given to support the Grateful Dead Archive. It’s not surprising that those at FutureOfCapitalism and Club for Growth can’t understand the value of anything beyond “their canon.” But editors blogging in the Chronicle of Higher Education? Come on.
Past, present and future, the Grateful Dead continues to be a dynamic presence and a lightning rod for significant shifts in culture. We’re excited by (and so grateful for) opportunities the IMLS grant gives us to create and blaze the trail for popular archives that provide virtual accessibility and incorporate the power of the Internet and social networking tools.
And don’t forget, the 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics said: “It won’t all happen immediately. But in the long run, we are all the Grateful Dead.”