Context: Talking about a product or a project. During a meeting someone used the expression "Death by a thousand paper cuts".
I understand the concept of the original version Death by a thousand cuts that in this case would translate to something that suffered so many micro or mini criticism that it eventually got canceled or finished.
My first take on the paper cut version is that it has the same meaning with a more "light/comic" version to remove the dark+torture effect from the expression.
Does it make sense? Or does it mean something entirely different?