Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
So yesterday I wrote this whole long thing about Amazon (again) — prompted by Paul Krugman’s column declaring that Amazon’s business strategy is “hurting America.”
This morning I realized: I don’t want to write about Amazon anymore. I want this situation resolved. I don’t want to feel guilty for using Amazon to publish my books. I want all parties to come together in an orgy of good feeling. I want everybody to get their fair share.
And I want banks, oil companies, packaged food manufacturers, agribusiness, car makers, insurance companies, and health care providers to stop hurting America too.
I’m swayed by Krugman, who basically says that Jeff Bezos is today’s John D. Rockefeller and he needs to be stopped, just as Standard Oil was. Amazon is evil. But if Amazon is evil (a word that gets bandied about far too much [ISIS = evil; Amazon = amorally opportunistic?]), then we have a whole hell of a lot of reform to get down to. And we’d better start soon.
I trust Krugman. He’s a Nobel laureate. Good head on his shoulders. But I’m glad he writes for the New York Times and not the Washington Post.
Because it’s owned by Jeff Bezos…
UPDATE: Interesting back-and-forth today between a pro- and an anti-Amazonian. Damn if they both don’t make viable points!
UPDATE II: And now this from David Gaughran, reporting on a brand new deal between Amazon and Simon & Schuster. One day maybe we’ll learn what Hachette was balking at, but it’s apparently something S&S can live with.
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