I'd say that everyone re-invents the wheel (because teaching isn't learning), and that the best place to do that learning is on the shoulders of giants. In the shoulders of giants is less burdensome. That question, I think, is pivotal; How to contribute value to the enterprise (of art) while learning to do it better, appreciate it more astutely, and to what purpose?
Money, apparently, isn't The Ultimate Answer to pivotal questions, anymore.
Autonomy, mastery and purpose suggest that box office is a truly moronic evaluative template with which to guage the success of movies; likewise, any industry that conflates quality with purely financial ROI must not be paying attention.
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