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The Cult of the Amateur: how today's internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen

The Cult of the Amateur: how today's internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen Information Polity 15 (2010) 243–245 DOI 10.3233/IP-2010-0210 IOS Press The Cult of the Amateur: how today’s internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen, New York: Doubleday, 2007, 228 p, ISBN 9780385520805 “This is not a fair book, and I’m proud of the fact that it’s not fair. It’s designed to open a fair conversation about Web 2.0”. That is how Andrew Keen described his own book, ‘The cult of the amateur: how today’s internet is killing our culture’, during Google Talk 2007 in Mountain View, California [12]. This book both demonstrates the way the internet has evolved and highlights the problems and challenges that go along with the evolution of the internet. Keen’s main message is basically this: the democratisation of media has created a new media landscape, in which the place for the serious ‘old media’, such as newspapers, is shrinking. Bloggers writing their own news, web-users suggesting sites on Digg.com and self-proclaimed experts adding articles to Wikipedia dominate the web nowadays. These expanding amateur-media create a culture of mediocrity, where a truly good artist or journalist does not stand out of the crowd. According to Keen, the increase in quantity of information thus causes a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Polity IOS Press

The Cult of the Amateur: how today's internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen

Information Polity , Volume 15 (3) – Jan 1, 2010

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Information Polity 15 (2010) 243–245 DOI 10.3233/IP-2010-0210 IOS Press The Cult of the Amateur: how today’s internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen, New York: Doubleday, 2007, 228 p, ISBN 9780385520805 “This is not a fair book, and I’m proud of the fact that it’s not fair. It’s designed to open a fair conversation about Web 2.0”. That is how Andrew Keen described his own book, ‘The cult of the amateur: how today’s internet is killing our culture’, during Google Talk 2007 in Mountain View, California [12]. This book both demonstrates the way the internet has evolved and highlights the problems and challenges that go along with the evolution of the internet. Keen’s main message is basically this: the democratisation of media has created a new media landscape, in which the place for the serious ‘old media’, such as newspapers, is shrinking. Bloggers writing their own news, web-users suggesting sites on Digg.com and self-proclaimed experts adding articles to Wikipedia dominate the web nowadays. These expanding amateur-media create a culture of mediocrity, where a truly good artist or journalist does not stand out of the crowd. According to Keen, the increase in quantity of information thus causes a

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