Hamilton Nolan at Gawker:
When any industry fills itself with middle managers, those middle managers will quite naturally work to justify their own existence. The less their own existence is inherently necessary, the harder they will work to appear to be necessary. An editor who looks over a story and declares it to be fine is not demonstrating his own necessity. He is therefore placing himself in danger of being seen as unnecessary. Editors, therefore, tend to edit. Whether it is necessary or not.
An insightful and entertaining read. Hamilton is a good writer.
In the first comment, the editor (ironically named Max Read) says he read over this article and didn’t see the need to change a thing. ∞