John Scalzi Gets His Rant On

…in “A Creator’s Note to ‘Gatekeepers'”, a post with which I agree, as they say, times eleventy-one.

(A lot of self-nominated gatekeepers, in my own experience, are stuffy purists of one variety or another–the sort of people who, if they’re cooks, only write recipes for people who live where they can purchase absolutely authentic ingredients, rather than making do with locally available near-equivalents; the sort of people who don’t want anyone to listen to a Bach concerto unless it’s played on authentic Baroque instrument; and so on.  The sort of people, in fact, for whom an experience is spoiled once the wrong sort of people show up and start enjoying it.  It’s a variety of snobbery, and it annoys me greatly.)

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