I think the fact that it's called an academic question implies that the answer would at least be enlightening or educational. I remember a scene in the movie "The Social Network" where two characters are arguing over the future of Facebook. The chief financial officer wants to find ways to generate revenue, while the chief executive officer wants the site to be in a constant state of evolution, like fashion.
The CFO realizes he's not going to win the argument, but he does say "Yes, fashion always changes, but yet they still find ways to sell pants." It's not really a question, but the point is academic. He's absolutely correct, but he's also not in a position to do anything about it.