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People often remark "[some form of art] isn't as good as it used to be." That's untrue. Film, music, architecture, and the rest inherently improve over time.

Why? The more that came before, the more we can assess what worked and what didn't—and iterate.

Improvement isn't inevitable, but it is the norm. Only nostalgia and over-indexing on novelty are inevitable.

However, all that's new isn't universally better than what came before. Economic and cultural pressures divert art into optimizing for vanity metrics. But the best art of each era trends to being better than the best art of the prior era.

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