If you look at where innovation - defined as ideas, not as commercial product - tends to live, the university system is remarkably innovative.
For decades, we've worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a steadily declining path toward lowest-common-denominator standards, presumably because the 'masses' want dumb, simple pleasures and big media companies want to give the masses what they want.
If you look at history, innovation doesn't come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.
Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio - all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel with no knowledge of one another.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Ed Begley, Jr.
Edward James Olmos