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The cult of the amateur : how today's internet is killing our culture

Author: Andrew Keen
Publisher: New York : Doubleday/Currency, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keen, Andrew.
Cult of the amateur.
New York : Doubleday/Currency, ©2007
(OCoLC)646905833
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Keen
ISBN: 9780385520805 0385520808
OCLC Number: 78774488
Description: 228 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The great seduction --
The noble amateur --
Truth and lies --
The day the music died, side A --
The day the music died, side B --
Moral disorder --
1984, version 2.0 --
Solutions.
Responsibility: Andrew Keen.
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In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider Keen exposes the grave consequences of todays new participatory Web 2.0. He reveals how amateur, user-generated free content  Read more...

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by 23dingen (WorldCat user on 2008-06-08)

Een zeer interessant boek, dat iedere bibliothecaris gelezen zou moeten hebben. De waarden die we in ons vak hanteren staan onder druk en over enige tijd zullen we daar zeker op afgerekend worden.

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What the experts are saying about Andrew Keen's thought-provoking polemic "My initial reaction to the book was: 'Geez, I have a lot of things to think about now.' For people immersed in the social Read more...

 
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Polemic or Screed?

by bobrobboy (WorldCat user published 2009-06-08) Fair Permalink

Participate or Condescend

Often described as a polemic, The Cult of the Amateur is simply a screed against societal and economic change. It is a moralistic bombast against the populist notion of cooperation and collaboration in favor of a single point of reference...
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This book is really good

by Pawelk198604 (WorldCat user published 2009-04-26) Very Good Permalink
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Experts are necessary but I wouldn't exaggerate also with it because every expert was beginning as the greenhorn. Perhaps he is in it a little bit that people sometimes behave on the Internet like savages where hidden...
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Very Useful Book

by rosebudy23 (WorldCat user published 2008-04-17) Good Permalink
While I don't think that the internet is responsible for killing our culture (cultures change and technology often plays a role, but I think Keen overreacts many times throughout his book), the book is very useful for pointing out some of the dangers of 2.0. I have used excerpts of this book to read...
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