How Are YouTubers Going to Change the Publishing Industry?
Intellectuals always worry about the decline of literary culture. Much like racists opine over an all-white, all-fantastic Britain that never was, they assume there was a golden age of books-a time when the massed ranks of the workforce were reading Dostoevsky and Kafka and arguing about the use of symbolism in late-period Henry James while jostling through the factory gates. But shitty stuff has always outsold the highbrow. Around the time Herman Melville was writing his masterpiece about a whale hunt and the inscrutability of the universe, most readers were devouring crappy bodice-rippers about heroines in trouble.