Fight the power

Not of love, of the Amazon algorithm. Two articles here, with the first being a Guardian piece on booksellers who are trying to beat the algorithming of literature with consultations and subscription services and the first employee of Amazon, basically a second founder, says what the whole damn enterprise has become scares him.

In an interview for a new PBS Frontline documentary about Amazon viewed by Recode, which airs February 18, Kaphan said the company’s rise to power has left him conflicted.

“On one hand I’m proud of what it became,” Kaphan told the documentary’s host, James Jacoby. “But it also scares me.”

“I think not all of the effects of the company on the world are the best,” he added. “And I wish it wasn’t so, but I had something to do with bringing it into existence; it’s partly on me.”

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