If you’ve spent any time talking about geek culture, you’ve probably seen one word come up over and over again: gatekeeper. To be a gatekeeper is bad. To be a gatekeeper is exclusionary and harmful and discriminatory.
The internet was supposed to get rid of gatekeepers and usher in a new, democratic era of content, an era free of inequality or bias or those evil old boogeymen called gatekeepers. But is it really? Are we really getting rid of gatekeepers, or are we just replacing the old gatekeepers with new ones?
In this episode, Colin Broadmoor joins us to talk about fandom, The Monk, and why fiction should hurt.
- Some random gatekeeping discourse
- Champagne Sharks: Corporate Art and the Gen X rot
- The Hungry Ghosts of Late Capitalism
- Wattpad Storytelling App Sold for $600 million to South Korean Firm Naver
- WNDB Scholastic Partnership (via Wayback)
- #DisruptTexts guide via RandomHouse
- You cannot kill me in a way that matters
About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more. Show edited by Sid Oozeley.