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Death by a thousand clicks: how big tech is ruining literary culture

Far from democratising culture, the rise of the tech giants has just replaced the old gatekeepers with new (crude) ones

By Houman Barekat   February 2018

Can editors keep publications intellectually rigorous in the age of the tech giants? Photo: PA

When the owners of the New Republic sacked the Editor Franklin Foer in December 2014, the New York-based magazine was plunged into crisis—a number of senior staff resigned and many feared for its future. For all its intellectual prestige, the magazine hadn’t been notching up enough online hits, and Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook who bought it in 2012, wanted to shake things up. He hired a former journalist at the celebrity gossip…

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