Skip to comments.The Cult of the Amateur (Or Why The Blogosphere Sucks)
Posted on 06/30/2007 11:52:46 AM PDT by shrinkermd
Digital utopians have heralded the dawn of an era in which Web 2.0 distinguished by a new generation of participatory sites like MySpace.com and YouTube.com, which emphasize user-generated content, social networking and interactive sharing ushers in the democratization of the world: more information, more perspectives, more opinions, more everything, and most of it without filters or fees. Yet as the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen points out in his provocative new book, The Cult of the Amateur, Web 2.0 has a dark side as well.
Mr. Keen argues that what the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment. In his view Web 2.0 is changing the cultural landscape and not for the better. By undermining mainstream media and intellectual property rights, he says, it is creating a world in which we will live to see the bulk of our music coming from amateur garage bands, our movies and television from glorified YouTubes, and our news made up of hyperactive celebrity gossip, served up as mere dressing for advertising. This is what happens, he suggests, when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets mob rule.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Sounds like Mr. Keen is just playing defense for the slowly dying NYT, whose operating paradigm for many decades now has been "when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets left-wing political agenda".
Now that is funny!
The author of said book, Andrew Keen, sounds like your run of the mill elitist.
>> introduction to a book that seems well worth purchasing.
Huh? It sounds like the ramblings of an elitist whining about his loss of control of the information people are “allowed” to consume.
Why would I want to pay good money for his flawed views?
when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets mob rule.
yeah, i try to avoid Democrat Party Conventions too.
The bloggers have no style manual. They don’t know for instance that educated pressies use the incorrect word cement when the correct english word is concrete
One of the most ridiculous claims I've ever seen.
The "music industry" and the "publishing industry" never created any music or literary work. They are merely distribution mechanisms that siphon off the vast majority of the income from the actual content-producers.
Now that a superior distribution mechanism is available, there is at least a potential that true musicians, artists and writers may be able to make a decent living by absorbing all of the income from a much smaller audience, while wildly popular content-producers become wealthy literally overnight. Although a mechanism for funding this remains to be developed.
Does anybody have even a notion about how many good or great artists, musicians and writers of the last 100 years were never heard of because they couldn't get to the public past the gatekeepers? The same guys who rejected James Herriot 44 times and JK Rowling 12 times.
IOW, what has the opportunity cost of all these gatekeepers been?
Yes, by all means, it is better to have the experts think for us. What were we thinking?
This is an electronic version of the American Revolution and the Editors of the Times are the Tories who have not yet realized they have to either change their ways, or flee to New Brunswick, in Canada.
I think they are to clueless to change their ways. So, I hope they like the weather in Canada.
Whatever for?? His "thesis" is already disproven, by "l'affair Rather" started right here on Free Republic. While he may be correct that the output/opinion of any single blogger is "amateurish" (but beware of those hidden experts out there)--when enough of those tidbits are collected and refined, the final output cannot be matched, even in depth, by that of a single expert.
As for them liking the weather in Canada, I'd add to that "and standing in bread lines". $;-)
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Read a 500 post thread on a controversial topic here on FR, and I guarantee you will have a better understanding of the issue than you will get by watching a one-hour documentary about it on PBS.
The main weakness of FR in this regard is the preaching to the choir effect on most subjects. Which is why those topics that conservatives differ amongst ourselves on are the most interesting to read.
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