Gangnam Style and Epics

How do you set out to create an epic?

You can’t.

Many have tried; none have succeeded.

Epics cannot be intentionally created.

They exist.

There is no formula to create an epic.

There is no amount of analysis that will produce an epic.

Gangnam Style is an excellent example.

Gangnam Style is an epic.

The author, Psy, spent 10 years trying to re-create that epic.

He failed.

Epics cannot be created with intention.

The universe rebels against this.


Why cannot epics be analyzed and machined out?

They just can’t.

If they could’ve been, they would’ve been.

How do we define an epic?

We can no more define an epic than we can define the Tao.

The Tao that can be defined is not the true Tao.

We can only talk about epics. We can approach them and understand general principles, but that does not mean that we can set out to create one.

The Wizard of Oz is an epic.

It was not intended to be an epic. It just became one.

Had the creators tried to make an epic, they would not have succeeded.

Epics don’t try to be epics.

Epics only try to be fun and entertain.

They focus on the basics, putting one foot in front of the other.

Epics don’t know that they are supposed to be serious.

They don’t try to be great.

Epics in the entertainment industry have the right combination of music, originality and movement.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Gangnam Style had the right dancing, the right music, the right video effects in an original and fresh way.

These elements complemented each other in synergy to produce something greater than the addition of each part.

A synergy ensued.

Magic occurred.


Archer Crosley

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