Quantity does not guarantee quality. But as Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out, in most fields, the more you do, the better you get at it. And this is true of Cartoon Caption Contests: In 2009, the creativity researcher Keith Sawyer interviewed a number of winners and found that,
cartoon contest winners usually generate lots of captions. Studies of creativity have shown that quantity breeds quality—what I call the productivity theory, because high productivity corresponds to high creativity.
And people who buy more lottery tickets are more likely to win the PowerBall. Tell me that people who send in more captions are more likely to win on a per-submission basis (the cited research doesn’t say that) and then you might actually be saying something.
I’m sad that Roger Ebert is gone.