I promised myself that The Notes would not end up like Culture 11. Unfortunately, it has. Why did Culture 11 go under, while Big Hollywood prospered? Simple: the latter was able to tap into a populist vein, while the former did not (and was not intended to do so). One can argue that Culture 11’s contributors were better than Big Hollywood’s (one prominent Culture 11 writer, Conor Friedersdorf, was an early guest on The Notes), but in the long run, that didn’t matter.