I had a meeting the other day with a parking sign manufacturer and they said that my signs are the most exhaustively researched parking signs. That was a big surprise to me. Apparently, although road sign typefaces are tested in terms of readability at certain speeds and distances, they are not tested for usability.
As we have become more comfortable discussing the politics of culture, our discussions of art have become a lot more like our discussions of politics.
We treat people whose interpretations differ from our own as if they are acting in bad faith. We focus on gaffes and supposed gaffes. And we demand that significant figures in cultural commentary have something to say about every big event so we can check their reactions against our sense of what they ought to feel to remain in good standing.
But to pretend that a reward is always (or even ever) commensurate with the amount of work one does is to misconstrue how the world works.