In making judgements about how best to communicate ideas to audiences, one must pay real attention to the audience in question. It’s important to recognise that the concept of a ‘general public’ is long gone.
It’s people like Davis that have started to inform my ethical position; not progress vs conservation, but ‘progress for conservation’, research that negotiates successfully between the two, or makes both equal stakeholders in its investment, outcomes and impact.
Imagine if overnight manufacturer’s outputs could only be found in written form in libraries and the knowledge economy took over all advertising and the high street. The thought of that illustrates how unbalanced those two economies are in their relationship with publics.
In an academic, art or curatorial context it’s more helpful to think of ‘accessibility’ as providing a re-framing, entry point or window to the original work so that the viewer stands a chance of understanding it in a short space of time.