Fit for Purpose or Good Enough mean different things depending on what we’re talking about, who it’s for and where and how it’s going to be seen – which is to say that they exist in a network, and that Good Enough can change even for a single piece of work.
This often happens as a function of time:
- Dirt roads might work for a village, but they’re not really Good Enough for a town.
- 30 kids copying off a blackboard for an hour or two was a perfectly adequate model of education a few generations ago;
- What passed as a good website or presentation fifteen years ago rarely stands up today (unless you’re Tom Peters);
- The writing of Charles Dickens has shifted from being Popular Entertainment to Literature (I doubt much of his work would be serialised in magazines today).
And of place:
- The famous Fountain was changed simply by being placed in a gallery;
- Cold beer tastes better on a beautiful beach;
- We become different people at concerts, in museums, on holiday;
- A shippable blog post is rarely Good Enough for a book.
And of who we are:
- Children’s TV is a lot less interesting when you’re no longer a child, and teenage angst gets old as we do;
- Fox News and The Guardian are indispensable – or not – depending on where you’re coming from;
- Bat is a delicacy if you’re from Manado.
And – and all of the above are really all examples of this – what it’s connected to:
- Dickens’ books gain interest and value in relationship to each other, and to Das Kapital, and to TV adaptations;
- The Beatles’ studio outtakes and rehearsals were by definition not good enough – but became collectible in relationship to all those A-sides, and with time;
- The contents of Da Vinci’s sketchbooks weren’t Good Enough for a gallery when he was filling them.
Which brings me to the variable quality of posts here, and who and what they’re for. Some are ready to share. Some are sketches. All gain value (for me at least) in relationship to the rest as hummus, hinterland and springboard to something new, and to a better Good Enough.