David Mamet has stirred lots of debate with his recent column in The Village Voice. The message can be boiled down to his line "I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind."
In the piece, the acclaimed playwright y tells of his own intellectual transition. But the piece got me thinking about a commonly held belief: The arts--and just about all creative folks--come from the left. (Cite exceptions, if you want, but this is the perception.)
So, how has this perceived or real left-leaning positively and negatively impacted the arts? Does the creative process, by nature, lead one in that direction? Or does the media and the market just focus on one side?
Could there ever be a pro-Bush play? A work off-Broadway that supported our country's involvement in Vietnam? A Broadway musical with a right-wing hero?
Hetrick is that rare writer who successfully straddles journalism, advertising, public relations and social media. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, he has been running his own ad/PR/interactive agency, Hetrick Communications, since 1994. He’s been writing IBJ’s “Notions” column since 2000. Before launching his own shop, Hetrick worked as a mayoral press secretary in Fort Wayne, as a principal and associate creative director of a $50 million New England ad/PR agency, and as head of advertising and PR for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He’s also a tireless public servant, a passionate advocate for a variety of causes, and has won many awards in journalism, advertising, PR and public health (including IBJ’s Health Care Heroes Award). Hetrick is the father of twin sons (one writer, one photographer), loves reading and hiking, and lives downtown with his wife, Cheri O’Neill.