People are the publishing profession, its integrity, esprit de corps, corporate values, guilds, unions, industry organizations. With history semi-buried and devalued, it rushes with the technology, wants to stay upright at all times. This feat is not achieved and progress stalls because of abused substances, weariness or a violent push in the back, side or front.
Politics, economics and managerialism curdle the ethical mix. The pressure of power, emboldened by validated distrust of words, rents the golden threaded raiment.
Toadyism doesn’t lend itself to the promotion of integrity and human worth. People must be grafted into the heart of publishing and toads kept out of the driving seat and the middle of the road.