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Description - The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen

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 dangerously blurred. Keen argues that much of the content filling up YouTube, MySpace and blogs is just an 'endless digital forest of mediocrity', which, unconstrained by professional standards or editorial filters, can alter public debate and manipulate public opinion. Our 'cut-and-paste' online culture, in which intellectual property is freely swapped, downloaded, remashed and aggregated, threatens over 200 years of copyright protection and intellectual property rights. While no Luddite - Keen pioneered several Internet startups himself - he urges us to consider the consequences of blindly supporting a culture that endorses plagiarism and piracy and that fundamentally weakens traditional media and creative institutions. In this updated edition he also addresses the issue of protecting children on the Internet.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857885200
ISBN-10: 1857885201
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an English digital media entrepreneur and Silicon Valley insider whose popular writing about culture, media, and technology has been featured in many newspapers and magazines including The Weekly Standard, BusinessWeek, Esquire, and The Guardian, as well as on his own weblog, He hosts the acclaimed podcast show, AfterTV, and his views have generated a firestorm of interest.

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