Power Law in Popular Media
“No one man should have all that power”
— Kanye West
We’ve all heard that the media business is cutthroat. In books, or movies or music, a few dominant artists tower over the rest. These superstar directors and writers and musicians sell millions of units while their peers languish in obscurity.
I wondered, are all forms of media equally competitive?
To find out, I scraped the internet for as much media data as I could find¹. To my delight and surprise, whenever I ordered things by the biggest winners, the…