Future Tense, a daily five-minute public radio podcast, devoted three two of their segments this week to an interview with the author of a new book, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy.
Some samples from the first two parts interview.
Former Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen says web 2.0, which is shorthand for user-generated content like blogs, internet video, wikis and podcasts, is a mass of poorly produced, uninformed materials that’s eroding the pillars of society by replacing professional media.
In his new book Andrew Keen compares internet users who make blogs, wikis, and internet video to monkeys banging away on a keyboard.
“The problems that the music business is having, the problems that the newspaper business is having is intimately, profoundly connected with the rise of user generated content media.”
“One of the problems is that the internet allows people to steal things.”
“I would be thrilled if people were reading mainstream, reliable newspapers and then wandering around the blogosphere to supplement their reading. What concerns me is when blogs become the primary source of information. The problem with that is it’s so unreliable. They’re so vulnerable to corruption. They’re often written anonymously. They often have interests, economically, politically or ideologically behind them that we’re not able to acknowledge.
I’m a corrupt monkey who’s eroding society. I didn’t realize I had that kind of power, although I’m really just a very small part of the mob.
I haven’t read the book but oddly enough, the author is writing a blog to promote it. I guess the fact that he’s a “professional” makes that ok.