But this is neither here nor there. I asked Spiegelman a follow-up question that relevant to Areopagetica. "While I love the democratization of production and distribution offered by the digital world, gatekeepers play an important role in the cultivation and legitimization of culture: promoting works that an unstudied reader might overlook and filtering the deluge of poorly constructed arguments, narratives and essays so we don't have to..." Spiegelman seemed pleased with the question I was about to ask, and hastened to affirm the ongoing need for qualified gatekeepers.
While I agree with Milton that gatekeepers are often illegitimate authorities - inferior to the thinkers whose work they judge - I can't entirely dismiss the role of a good editor or a judicious patron. I don't suppose Milton would either; his argument seems centered on the threat of intellectual and artistic tyranny. But my vision for digital publishing closely mirrors a representative democracy, or republic.
But that's a topic for another post...