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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
The crowds at the opening of a blockbuster are a fascinating window on mass psychology. If people just wait a couple of weeks, they can have their pick of seats. But when they get back to school or to the office no one will want to hear what they thought of the picture. That was last week's conversation. This is why the primary target for the blockbuster is people with an underdeveloped capacity for deferred gratification; that is, kids. Kids need to see things right away.


Life is increasingly a window into mass psychology. This reminds me why I often hate people with a passion I can't quite muster in loving them.