Do People Ever Tire of Being Wrong?

Last April, there was a flurry of “news” coverage on concerns about Up, and whether it not commercial enough.

Well, it has currently grossed more money than any other film this year (though Transformers 2 will blow past it soon. Still…)

Is anyone going back to the “analysts” and upbraiding them for their shortsighted work? Is there any punishment, demerit, or other drawback to having been so wrong?


Reading an article in The New York Times on how Kids These Days are reading more and more online, and fewer books than their predecessors, and the concerns as to whether or not this is a good, bad, or neutral development, there’s a quote from eminent biographer David McCullough: ““Learning is not to be found on a printout… It’s not on call at the touch of the finger. Learning is acquired mainly from books, and most readily from great books.”

How pathetic. Learning is “acquired” (if that’s even the right word… it makes it sound like something you can get at the store) through doing. Through processing. Through acting.