I too think that blogs, MySpace, and YouTube are doing horrible things to our culture in this country, so I though I was going to be the choir this guy was preaching to. Not so. And let me say, too, that the reason this is two stars and not one and actually was almost three is that it really made me mad, and really made me think, which is no small feat. Plus it got me into several loud arguments with my boyfrie Let me start by saying that I opened this book with a totally open mind. Plus it got me into several loud arguments with my boyfriend in public places, which is always a plus.
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Print Loading There is a battle looming between the techno-utopians and the defenders of traditional forms of cognitive authority. The battle is being waged here and there, in print, on the web, in various forums around the world. This battle represents only the tip of a much larger iceberg: How will the world look and be organized when much of the codified available information in the world is freely available to everyone at little or no cost, and anyone can create yet more information at will? He bemoans the apparent decline of the traditional sources of cognitive authority and worries how these sources can be replaced by such democratic vehicles as the ubiquitous Wikipedia. This book is fun to read.
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture
Continue reading the main story Because Web 2. For instance, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia which relies upon volunteer editors and contributors gets way more traffic than the Web site run by Encyclopedia Britannica which relies upon experts and scholars , even though the interactive format employed by Wikipedia opens it to postings that are inaccurate, unverified, even downright fraudulent. This year it was revealed that a contributor using the name Essjay, who had edited thousands of Wikipedia articles and was once one of the few people given the authority to arbitrate disputes between writers, was a year-old named Ryan Jordan, not the tenured professor he claimed to be. Postings about political candidates, for instance, can be made by opponents disguising their motives; and propaganda can be passed off as news or information. For that matter, as Mr.
Contents[ edit ] Keen argues against the idea of a read-write culture in media, stating that "most of the content being shared— no matter how many times it has been linked, cross-linked, annotated, and copied— was composed or written by someone from the sweat of their creative brow and the disciplined use of their talent. He calls the latter "a parasite" since "it creates no content of its own" and "[i]n terms of value creation, there is nothing there apart from its links. Every visit to Wikipedia's free information hive means one less customer for a professionally researched and edited encyclopedia such as Britannica. He observes that as advertising dollars migrate from newspapers, magazines and television news to the Web, organizations with the expertise and resources to finance investigative and foreign reporting face more and more business challenges.