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Hollywood's hedgehog mentality threatens its survival
Hollywood's hedgehog mentality threatens its survival

To understand what's wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox. Riffing off a fragment attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus, Berlin devised the notion of categorizing thinkers as either hedgehogs or foxes. The fox, or so this intellectual game went, is a fluid animal that knows many things, while the stolid hedgehog knows only one big thing. These concepts were mutable, there could be shifts from one to the other, and it seems to me that one of those shifts is the reason why classic Hollywood as we've known it is gone and not coming back. It may not be...