Gatekeepers

“[Amazon’s Jeff] Bezos is right: gatekeepers are inherently elitist, and some of them have been weakened, in no small part, because of their complacency and short-term thinking. But gatekeepers are also barriers against the complete commercialization of ideas, allowing new talent the time to develop and learn to tell difficult truths. When the last gatekeeper but one is gone, will Amazon care whether a book is any good?” — George Packer, “Cheap Words,” The New Yorker, Feb. 17 & 24, 2014.

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