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May 3rd, 2010 (08:43 pm)

Via ppfuf: How 'The Karate Kid' Ruined The Modern World. A surprisingly thoughtful article, considering it's published in Cracked; he makes a good case that people tend to grow up with a catastrophically bad underestimate of how hard it is to be the best—or even mediocre—and that a lot of the boom-and-bust nature of modern life comes down to people overreaching themselves as a result.

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Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a variant on the discovery that telling kids they're smart makes them give up when the going gets tough.

On the flip side, my reaction to this article was mostly, "Things aren't that tough if you find clever ways to do them." Or perhaps that's because *my* life hasn't been that tough, overall.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)

It's an interesting idea, but I don't think that we can lay the blame on montages, as the author does.

We can lay the blame on the rather recent (60 years?) attitude that experts aren't any better than the rest of us. We could do that, we say, if we had the time -- not thinking that the time in question is huge and not-immediately-rewarding.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)

It's an interesting idea, but I don't think that we can lay the blame on montages, as the author does.

Well, no. They're more of a symptom, I suppose.

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