Five Things #81 / by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An interesting piece on why we perceive some works of art or literature to be greater than others. Being exposed to something more frequently influences how good we think it is (the mere-exposure effect). However, it's not the only factor. Being repeatedly exposed to something we think lacks quality can lead to us liking it less. — "Great art and mediocrity can get confused, even by experts. But that’s why we need to see, and read, as much as we can. The more we’re exposed to the good and the bad, the better we are at telling the difference."

  2. I like the sound of this: Kiss the Good Times Goodbye (an auto industry veteran on the future of cars).

  3. Who'd have guessed the innovation of reading silently to yourself could have such a big impact on society: "'In the still largely oral world of the ninth century, if one’s intellectual speculations were heretical, they were subject to peer correction and control at every moment, from their formulation and publication to their aural reception by the reader.' As Saenger writes, asocial reading helped facilitate intellectual rigor, introspection, criticism of the government and religion, even irony and cynicism that would have been awkward to read aloud."

  4. This video of a Japanese game show (apparently called Slippery Stairs) has been doing the rounds on Twitter this past week. What an emotional rollercoaster!

  5. Don't you just love it when you completely forget about a song that you really like, and then you rediscover it? Here's Snarky Puppy performing Shofukan.

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ps. There'll be no Five Things next week as I'll be on holiday. But fear not, Five Things will return the following week!