Friday, 24 August 2007
Cult of the amateur
I have just been reading "Cult of the amateur : how today's internet is killing our culture" by Andrew Keen. Expecting this to be a long rant about the evils of Web 2.0 and how it was putting authors, musicians and scholars out of work, I was still entertained by his approach. Andrew Keen started out in Sillicon Valley, but became disillusioned by the Web 2.0 brigade. I recommend the book because it contains many valid criticisms of the consequences of the Web 2.0 participation culture. He concludes that we cannot put the clock back, but we can work with what he considers good outcomes, like Citizendium.