Crashing the Gates
One of the big phenomena in culture today is the end of gatekeeper power. And one place where it's happening especially fast is in publishing. Thanks to the Kindle in particular, authors are able to bypass publishers and -- sometimes -- come out ahead. Blogger Ric Locke, for example, has published Temporary Duty on Kindle, and it's spent weeks in Amazon's Top Ten list for science fiction overall, meaning that it's beating out major publisher releases on Kindle and in hardcover. That's just the beginning, I expect.
Will the growth of independent media weaken the power of old-guard tastemakers? I think so. What do you think?