Misplaced faith can ruin an industry just like misplaced laughs can ruin comedy.
George Carlin packages his routine into essay-style rants. While he occasionally injects a one-liner to keep the joke lively, the real humor is his thesis. Yet, some people crack-up after every line whether he tells a joke or not.
Unfamiliar? Watch this. (If you listen carefully, you can hear scattered laughter between clauses.)
Consensus says George Carlin is funny. So, the theory goes, if he’s performing than everything must be funny.
Good comedians use feedback to evaluate their material. Poor George Carlin doesn’t get the luxury of an “honest” response. Consequently, his work deteriorates and his comedy becomes less funny.
Likewise, as “thought leaders” (I hate that term) gain larger followings, their cheerleaders become more vocal. Consequently, they hear less useful feedback and their whole world deteriorates.