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Mash-up! by David Sloly, Ian Sanders

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Introduction

So does this sound familiar? Throughout your life, you’ve been forced to make black or white choices, the results of which placed you in a very defined box, with a neat little label on it. You were One Thing or Another.

A teacher didn’t suggest you mixed up a load of random subjects; she suggested you specialize in one area: the arts or sciences. Probably not arts and sciences. Your first job specification probably wasn’t ‘We’re not sure what this role is but you’ll be doing a bunch of useful stuff.’ It was probably clearly defined. A fixed role or discipline. A specialism perhaps. Clearly defined. Black or white.

The trouble with a black and white world is that it misses the glorious spectrum of technicolour that sits in between. ...

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