This is a light-hearted (maybe?) piece based on my accidental stumbling across the concept of ‘Sturgeon’s Law’ which was developed by the Science Fiction writer, Theodore Sturgeon, in 1958. Here’s what he said:
‘I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud. Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. is crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.’
As a youngster, in the PNE*, I read SF constantly and suffered from critics saying it was 100% crap. I knew much was but by no means all of it was. Unfortunately, I didn’t know of Sturgeon, in those days, but I like the notion that 90% of most things are crap or crud as he put it.
Now Sturgeon is quite an uncommon name, so it seems plausible that Theodore and Nicola are connected. That being the case, I think she should take over management of the theory and see whether it applies beyond art forms in the 21st Century. As a first task she might try it out on the Scottish Tories.
Oh, no, I’ve tried it myself. It doesn’t apply. 100% of Scottish Tories are trash, crud, or crap. Well, one exception doesn’t spoil a theory. Let’s try it on Scottish Labour.
Oh shit, they’re 100% trash, crud, or crap too.
Hmm, it looks like I’m up a gumtree here. Before I give up totally, try a few yourself and let me know.
Footnote: I know, you’ve applied the law to my blog. I don’t want to know!