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Editorial: The Two Cultures Revisited – 2022

Editorial: The Two Cultures Revisited – 2022 JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 195–201 https://doi.org/10.1080/1097198X.2022.2098572 EDITORIAL Paul Licker and Susannah Cameron Crichton th st Mid-20 Century Angst–and Early 21 Century Reaction For decades, IT professionals and the users of IT have been at odds. While this is deplorable, this situation is not unique to IT. There are many cases of highly specialized, technical experts in conflict with those who benefit from that expertise. Consider the recently-visible, but fraught, relationship between elected officials and their public health experts during the COVID pandemic. In fact, the IT professional/user conflict is not even particularly visible to society at large. Other conflicts, however, th are more historic. The year 2009 was the 50 anniversary of Sir Charles Percy Snow’s now classic “Two Cultures” Rede Lecture at Cambridge University (Snow, 1959, 1971). This original 1959 lecture seemed, at that time, to be a polemic intended to inflame and annoy. A variety of commentators have since pointed out how Snow’s essay was typical of mid-20th-century thought, attempting to find order in the chaos created by conflicts between science and the arts (Glass, 1959; Boytinck, 1980; Davis, 1965; Halperin, 1983). Dizikes (2009), along with others, correctly pointed out http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Global Information Technology Management Taylor & Francis

Editorial: The Two Cultures Revisited – 2022

Editorial: The Two Cultures Revisited – 2022

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JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 195–201 https://doi.org/10.1080/1097198X.2022.2098572 EDITORIAL Paul Licker and Susannah Cameron Crichton th st Mid-20 Century Angst–and Early 21 Century Reaction For decades, IT professionals and the users of IT have been at odds. While this is deplorable, this situation is not unique to IT. There are many cases of highly specialized, technical experts in conflict with those who benefit from that expertise....
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JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 195–201 https://doi.org/10.1080/1097198X.2022.2098572 EDITORIAL Paul Licker and Susannah Cameron Crichton th st Mid-20 Century Angst–and Early 21 Century Reaction For decades, IT professionals and the users of IT have been at odds. While this is deplorable, this situation is not unique to IT. There are many cases of highly specialized, technical experts in conflict with those who benefit from that expertise. Consider the recently-visible, but fraught, relationship between elected officials and their public health experts during the COVID pandemic. In fact, the IT professional/user conflict is not even particularly visible to society at large. Other conflicts, however, th are more historic. The year 2009 was the 50 anniversary of Sir Charles Percy Snow’s now classic “Two Cultures” Rede Lecture at Cambridge University (Snow, 1959, 1971). This original 1959 lecture seemed, at that time, to be a polemic intended to inflame and annoy. A variety of commentators have since pointed out how Snow’s essay was typical of mid-20th-century thought, attempting to find order in the chaos created by conflicts between science and the arts (Glass, 1959; Boytinck, 1980; Davis, 1965; Halperin, 1983). Dizikes (2009), along with others, correctly pointed out

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Published: Jul 3, 2022

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