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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

"Amateur" charge infuriates blogosphere

By Eric Auchard, Jun 5, 2007 9:06AM EDT,
BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - Internet culture, often portrayed as the vanguard of progress, is actually a jungle peopled by intellectual yahoos and digital thieves, according to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-dissenter.

Andrew Keen, a 47-year-old Briton who founded dot-com era music startup Audiocafe, argues that basic notions of expertise are under assault amid a cultural shift in favor of the amateurism of blogs, MySpace and other popularity-driven sites.

"Millions and millions of exuberant monkeys ... are creating an endless digital forest of mediocrity," Keen writes in a book published Tuesday. continue reading

see also what other bloggers are saying about this book: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing our Culture

see also:
  • On the Web, 'ignorance meets bad taste meets mob rule'
    Book review: "The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture"
    By MICHIKO KAKUTANI, New York Times July 8, 2007
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