Cumulitive advantage, popularity and the arts

So we do we think something is good because we are independent creatures of thought, or is it because everyone else likes it so we think we should like it too? So why did projects such as Harry Potter and Star Wars get such a cold response from their peers when they were starting out? Why did they become popular when no one in the beginning wanted to publish them or finance these projects?

I would like to think I am somewhat independent soul capable of making my own decisions. but science might indicate otherwise. (I found this article through a friend’s facebook link – there must be some irony in that.)

New York Times: Is Justin Timerlake a product of Cumulative Advantage? April 15, 2007 – Duncan J. Watts

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