|Bark blogger Brett Ortler|
Given that he produces a science blog, Brett has committed a surprising error. It becomes evident the moment he trots out the dreaded Bell Jar Curve.
Can you spot the mistake?
The Bell Jar Curve is made for random/natural phenomena that trend toward a middle ground: crop yields, rain patterns, golf scores. Standard deviations are useless for art not because humans are unpredictable but because, for better or worse, they are easily influenced. It would be like measuring crop yields during a hurricane or golf scores in three feet of snow.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #11|
The disappearance of fundamentals, coupled with the death of poetry in the early 1900s, squeezed the pyramid. The center was lost as average poets were replaced by ConPoets who think doggerel or lineated prose will please an audience, even as they avoid listening to it themselves. Now the pattern is a thick vertical line with two progressively tinier dots after it. The first signifies those few hundred out of 2 million who know trochees from iambs; after that, we see the handful who can create something interesting with that knowledge. We can't chart this because by the time the smallest speck of skilled authors becomes visible the column of aspiring muggles may have stretched itself twice around the moon and be heading home.
"There are more poets (soi-disant) than ever there were, and proportionally less poetry."
- Lord Byron