[...] I had imagined Amazon's customer reviews as a refuge from the machinations of the publishing industry: "an intelligent and articulate conversation ... conducted by a group of disinterested, disembodied spirits," as James Marcus, a former editor at the company, wrote in his memoir [...] As I explored the murky understory of Amazon's reviewer rankings, however, I came to see [...] a tangle of hidden agendas-—one in which the disinterested amateur may be an endangered species.From Who is Grady Harp?, by Garth Risk Hallberg.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Slate.com: Who is Grady Harp?
Check out this article in Slate.
Posted by Malleus at 1/22/2008 03:03:00 PM