Worse Is Better
A maxim used to explain such things as
the success of UNIX and C
the failure of Lisp.
(Here failure and success mean market penetration (Adoption Life Cycle) or mindshare.)
Some varying key points
people will sacrifice "quality" (as previously defined) for new features/benefits (lower-resolution digitized music in exchange for easier sharing/carrying, lower cost): Disruptive Innovation
the simpler the thing, the more people will do/use it
one approach toward Disruptive Innovation?
This doesn't mean that everything that seems worse is actually better, of course! PerlSucks, and so does Yo Mama.
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