Disruptive publishing for submissives

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?

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7 thoughts on “Disruptive publishing for submissives

  1. Oh,absolutely. Some people love the false sense of security that being in with “the system” brings them. It’s a base instinct, to fall in with the perceived power, even (sometimes especially, if you invested) when it’s dying.

    1. Actually, this reminds me of the disgusting admission by Richard Hanley, author of “South Park & Philosophy,” that he craves infantilization:

      “A sure way to make your small child miserable is to put them in charge of the mintiae of life. Make them decide not just what to have for breakfast, or what to wear, but also what brand of toothpaste or underwear to buy, what to cook for dinner, and so on. Make them pay the bills for their stuff. They do not want to do all that crap. They just want to be kids, for Christ’s sake. And part of being a kid is having someone else sweat the small stuff for you. Then you can go play, or play with yourself, or what it is that you want to do.

      And in this respect, I want to be treated like a kid. I want universal health care, so I don’t have to worry about falling ill, and being shit out of luck or coverage. I want gun control, so that I don’t have to worry about protecting myself from a fucking nut job like Jimbo or Ned (whoever they are, Ed) when they want to shoot up the joint. I want social security,so that I don’t have to know all the ins and outs of the fucking stock market….I want consumer protection, so I don’t have to investigate every fucking product like I want to buy, the “sea monkeys” Cartman buys in “Simpsons Already Did It”. I want state utilities, so I don’t have to be constantly figuring out the best deal”…..”

      I have zero time for people like this, and wish they would get some good therapy. In the meantime, they fancy themselves “progressive,” nice people – in reality, they are nasty thugs.

      1. Not to mention that the assertion that universal health care, gun control, social security etc are doing such wonderful things is risible. Is it cognitive dissonance or something more sinister that makes them believe in an alternate universe where down is up and up is down?

  2. I’d estimate that about 80% of people want to be told what to do, or better-yet, have everything done for them.

    Why 80%? I firmly believe that the 80/20 rule is correct. That 80% of the work on any given project is completed by 20% of the people involved. I’ve seen this throughout every level of my schooling, as well as my professional and personal life.

  3. I think the truth, if you can call it that, is that people who aspire to write are led to believe — from so many corners — that traditional publishing is the only way to ever have a prayer of having your work read. Or, more likely, purchased.

    With all the sweeping changes across media, it does seem odd that book publishing seems the last to see real changes in the model.

    Maybe that is because there are a lot of writers who need the fleet of editors around their work. Or maybe there are too many people making money around book publishing for there to be change yet.

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