On whether or not we need the gatekeepers of traditional publishing to “maintain quality” of output, Antoine Clarke comments:
I don’t need some sub-Marxist pseudo-intellectual who got a job in a publishing house because the owner fancied him/her to decide what I should read.
Even in disruptive publishing, we see how much some people really do like to be told what to do – even if it’s what to read. Why they imagine that publishing execs are better at this than the likes of Longreads or Bookslut or their friends is beyond me. Maybe they just have really dull friends, but it makes me wonder: Is there such a thing as having a fetish for bureaucracy?