The Factors Affect to the Production of Knowledge
According to Brian Martin’s 7, there are two main factors that affect the creation of knowledge and information: funding and disciplines. First funding is the obvious factor that is related to the production of knowledge and information. “Need create Goods”. As it says, people create something because they need it. And people spend money for what they need and it could be either goods or information. So then, most knowledge and money cannot be separated. The other factor, disciplines, is a category to divide information criteria. Some research can be useful and meaningful by themselves such as chemical engineering, computer science, and philosophy. And some other researches have to relate to other fields, for example, political science is related with history, philosophy, law, sociology, and anthropology. Also, disciplines is affected by fund, how much the knowledge reward.
In my opinion, the pure sciences tend to ignore since they are not directly related to rewards. Even though it is not making money in a shortened amount of time, the government needs to keep supporting the pure sciences because most efficient fields are created based on the pure sciences.
There is some issue that is related the article. A small Korean chemistry company invented an engine oil which can be used permanently and reduce the air pollution; however not many people used the engine oil because the knowledge doesn’t reward the fund to the mechanics and big oil companies. The big oil companies need to sell their goods and the mechanics need to make money fix the cars and change the oil. Indeed, many car owners go to mechanics to change engine oil and they check their car while they change the oil. This is a good example that the knowledge related to fund. Although the incredible new invention useful to save car owners money and reduce the air pollution, it was not useful for people who really sell and use it.