Where Have All the Gatekeepers Gone?

Not too long ago if you wanted to write and publish a book you had to get a publisher.

The publisher, if he approved, would get your book into the bookshop. He was the gatekeeper.

Now?

You don’t need a publisher because you can do it yourself with Amazon. Here’s my Amazon author page, for example.

If you wanted to make a movie/film you needed a movie producer or someone to ask and pay for you to make a documentary. 

Now? You can start a YouTube channel if you have a mobile phone and let’s face it: everyone has a mobile phone. Here’s my YouTube channel.

If you wanted to publish an opinion or point of view you needed some place that would provide two things:

  • an audience
  • a way of publishing your view. 

Now? There is no gatekeeper preventing you from publishing your views, observations, opinions, message to your heart’s consent.

You can start a free blog/website with WordPress.com or Blogger.com and distribute widely what you publish on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or wherever you choose.

Not all the gatekeepers are gone, however. For example if you want to be a solicitor you will need to pass the exams, and meet the requirements, of the Law Society of Ireland.

If you want to be a doctor you will need to meet requirements to get into medical school and meet the requirements of the Medical Council.

This is not a bad thing; we need to set certain standards in many areas of life.

But if you have something of value to offer or something to say take a quick look around and you will almost certainly see that the only gatekeeper is you.

I Care That You Don’t Like My YouTube Video

I am not going to lie-I do care that you don’t like my video.

I made it and uploaded it to YouTube because I thought it had some value, some utility. And seeing that little thumbs down icon always hurts a little.

It hurts if it is genuine and my video is truly worthy of the thumbs down.

I don’t care, however, if you gave it the thumbs down because you are a begrudger.

I don’t care if you are a whinger.

Or a naysayer.

Or a hater.

Or a regular habitue of the swamp of jealously and envy.

And the bad news for you, and good news for me, is that tomorrow I get the chance to upload another.

And another.

Because all I need is a mobile phone, an internet connection, and an idea.

And there are no gatekeepers now. Very few, anyway.

So, you can sit on the sideline and boo and give me the thumbs down when I make a video and upload to my YouTube channel.

Work away, knock yourself out. You only get one vote, though.

Meanwhile, I will keep making stuff and putting it into the world, and having a say.

And trying to serve the people I make it for.

It’s not for everyone, and if it’s not for you? Bang away on that button.