The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy

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Nicholas Brealey, 2007 - Blogs - 228 pages
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Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen claims that today's new participatory Web 2.0 threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement. In today's self-broadcasting culture, where amateurism is celebrated and anyone with an opinion, however ill-informed, can publish a blog, post a video on YouTube, or change an entry on Wikipedia, the distinction between trained expert and uninformed amateur becomes blurred. When bloggers and videographers, unconstrained by professional standards or editorial filters, can manipulate public opinion, truth becomes a commodity to be bought, sold, packaged, and reinvented. The anonymity that Web 2.0 offers calls into question the reliability of the information we receive and creates an environment in which sexual predators and identity thieves can roam free. Keen urges us to consider the consequences of supporting a culture that endorses plagiarism and piracy and weakens traditional media and creative institutions.--From publisher description.

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User Review  - Roger Tavares - Goodreads

This could be a good book. Some facts are strong and valid, and could be better analyzed. But the book lacks in methodology, analysis and good informational basis. These faults make this book an amateur, such as those the book itself criticizes. Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

It's been a very long time since I've read a book so in opposition to most of my core values regarding creativity and expression. From page one and on almost every page following, I've found things ... Read full review


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ANDREW KEEN is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writings on culture, media, and technology have appeared in "The Weekly Standard," "Fast Company," "The San Francisco Chronicle," "Listener," and "Jazziz," As the Founder, President and CEO of, he has been featured in "Esquire," "Industry Standard," and many other magazines and newspapers. He is the host of the acclaimed Internet show "AfterTV" and frequently appears on radio and television. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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