Rex over at Savage Minds recently wrote a short post about the "relevance gap" in anthropology. Pretty important topic, if you ask me. Here is the money quote:
"The time it takes for academics to study, write, and publish something about a current event is about the same amount of time it takes to enroll a cohort of students too young to remember the event."
I have written an article length response about this issue, with a critical analysis of all sides of the problem. This article will be published sometime around Fall 2017, so mark your calendars and be sure to join the discussion.