Originally Posted by A_C_Slater
Academic institutions, therefore, useful as they are, are not adequate guardians of the interests of civilization in a world where everyone outside their walls is too busy for unutilitarian pursuits.
Equating unutilitarian pursuits (which, one might argue, confer more cultural value than utilitarian ones) with frivolity and laziness casts a black mark on our society. If anything, they are the only ones which matter-- the ones we don't have time for. See, e.g., the public (non)response to important academic studies in the sciences.
The example in the essay of the writer resigned to pump out pulp novels to make his monthly nut in lieu of less "utilitarian" yet more enjoyable and artistic pursuits is also apt.