By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
Writing on the Ether: They Don’t Wear Black Hats Anymore
There is work to be done, probably a lot of it, to get across to the world-at-large that “more gatekeepers” may not be the answer in the future—and it certainly doesn’t look like the probability. Inside publishing and its constant hubbub, we may not frequently hear such an idea. Outside? “The more gatekeepers, the better the odds.”
What I’d like to point out is a parallel between cries of “the Internet killed newspapers!” and “Amazon killed bookstores!” Both are too simplistic. Both are too easy. Both are the scare-mongering excuses of folks whose situations, far more complex than such yelps imply, have left them staggered by mistakes, sometimes of their own making.
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