Did you know there’s a typo in the US Constitution?
Did you notice the stormtrooper bump his head into a doorway in Star Wars?
Did you see the Starbucks coffee cup in Game of Thrones?
It turns out, there are mistakes… everywhere. They happen in some of the world’s greatest works of art, entertainment, and philosophy (and… GoT, I guess).
There were 55 people at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, looking at Hamilton and Jeffersons drafts and there were still errors.
How many people were at the Game of Thrones and Star Wars shoots and how many people saw edits as they were produced?
Why point this out? Because these things, with their hundreds of eyes and dozens of drafts, objectively aren’t “perfect.” So? Well, the definition of the word “quality” is that it meets specifications and expectations, that the thing is free of defects. Thus, these things have an imperfect quality.
But that doesn’t stop those things from being effective. Or attractive. Or interesting. Or valuable.
In fact, George Lucas has spent millions and millions of dollars to “perfect” the very Star Wars, only to make it worse with every revision.
Look at a Jackson Pollock painting with its paint dribbled from the butt end of a paint brush in semi-chaotic patterns. Do you think Jackson wanted every single blop and line to be exactly there? How precise was each toss of the paint? It’s safe to say that his paints don’t have a high level of quality, but that didn’t stop one for being sold for $200M.
But here we are, in a world where we can undo every stroke of an Illustrator pen or Photoshop filter with a single keystroke. Where you can edit together two videos in seconds and then move that edit with a wiggle of your mouse. Where Grammarly can virtually stare at your screen and alert you to a misspelling less than a second after you made it. (Yes, Grammarly just told me that misspelling has a second S in it.)