Because this idea that the Internet's gonna become incredibly democratic? I mean, if you've spent any time on the Web, you know that's not gonna be, because that's completely overwhelming. There are four trillion bits coming at you, 99 percent of them are shit, and it's to much work to do triage to decide.
So it's very clear, very soon there's gonna be an economic niche opening up for gatekeepers. You know? Or, what do you call them, Wells, or various nexes. Not just of interest but of quality. And the things get really interesting. and we will beg for those things to be there. Because otherwise we're gonna spend 95 percent of our time body-surfing through shit. [...]
We absolutely have to give our power away. The Internet is going to be exactly the same way. Unless there are walls and sites nd gatekeepers that say "All right, you want good fiction on the Web? Let us pick it for you."[...] it's gonna take four days to find something good.
We are gonna beg for it. We are literally gonna pay for it [...] And all of us who grouse, all the anarchists who grouse about power being localized in these media elites, are gonna realize that the actual system dictates that. The same way—I'm absolutely convinced—that the despot in Hobbes is a logical extension of what the State of Nature is.
—David Foster Wallace entrevistado por David Lipsky en 1996, en Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.