Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Joe Nocera of The Times has an interesting take on the evilness of Amazon in today’s paper. Refreshingly, he’s a Hachette author who admits that he’s not about to stop using Amazon. And neither will most consumers.
Riffing off a piece in The New Republic, Nocera successfully belittles the concerns of TNR editor, Franklin Foer, who writes, “Without the constraints of brick and mortar, it considers nothing too remote from its core business, so it has grown to sell server space to the C.I.A., produce original television shows about bumbling congressmen, and engineer its own line of mobile phones.”
Answers Nocera: “What, precisely, is darker about making TV shows about bumbling congressmen is left unsaid.”
Read the column for a sober view of the controversy, which concludes, obviously, that Amazon is not a monopoly and is not much different from Wal-Mart or any other mega-retailer (of which this country has more than its fair share).
I’ll just add that I’m much more concerned with the size and culture of our banking corporations, which can do a lot more damage than Amazon can with low ebook prices.