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Kult amatora: Jak internet niszczy kulturę

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Książka współtwórcy pierwszego boomu internetowego w Dolinie Krzemowej prowokuje użytkowników Web 2.0 do zastanowienia się nad wpływem demokratyzacji sieci na kulturę i gospodarkę.

Autor przekonuje, że teksty pisane przez amatorów i umieszczane w sieci utrudniają dotarcie do ważnych informacji przygotowywanych przez profesjonalistów.

"Co stanie się, gdy ignorancja zmiesza si
Paperback, 198 pages
Published 2007 by Wydawnictwa Akademickie i Profesjonalne
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Let me start by saying that I opened this book with a totally open mind. Seriously! 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
Lon Harris
Keen gets off to a dazzlingly bad start, misstating the concept of Google search on Page 6.

"The logic of Google's search engine...reflects the "wisdom" of the crowd. The search engine is an aggregation of the ninety million questions we collectively ask Google each day; in other words, it just tells us what we already know."

Is this intentionally dense? I mean, yes, Google uses the experiences others have had in some ways to create your new experience when you enter a search query, but that's har
In a nutshell, the book comes close to making some valid points, but treats them so frivolously and superficially that by the end of the last chapter you feel like you've just spent an hour listening to your great-grandma's best friend Eileen talk about how much her corns are bothering .

Throughout the book, Keen lacks any sense of historical context. You feel like he believes that nothing happened in popular culture prior to 1990. He blames the internet for television's audience fragmentation, f
Feb 29, 2008 Julia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Luddites
I love a good anti-internet polemic as much as the next girl. In fact, I actually thought I'd be the one person in my workplace to secretly love this book as I am part-curmudgeon and just don't get "these kids today" with their truthiness and solipsism. But, man, this book was truly terrible -- poorly researched, free of historical context and alarmist. It's like when the Frankfurt School got their panties in an uproar over that new-fangled radio thingee except Keen doesn't have half the philoso ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Matthew rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who get inspired when they're pissed off.
It's been a very long time since I've read a book so in opposition to most of my core values regarding creativity and expression. From page one and on almost every page following, I've found things that offend me. This book avoided a no-star rating only because the writer has inspired me to be more committed to my views on independent creative endeavors.
Oct 28, 2008 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Internet Junkies
Recommended to Tom by: Barnes & Noble
I went into reading this book having already viewed a Google talk video where the author discussed it and took Q&A. I found that the core tenet of the book, that the "Web 2.0" so-called democratization of all media is a profoundly bad thing that undermines talent and professional skill and does nothing to enrich our lives, is pretty accurate. The promise of the democratization, that an average citizen can publish a blog post, a song or a video that is as valuable to the reader, listener and ...more
If you tend to get pulled into discussions about the pros and cons of social media, Andrew Keen’s “The cult of the amateur” is a good book to get you all fired up. It is full of holes, plenty of hyperbole, and comes across as an angry dissertation by someone who wanted to get things off his chest in a hurry. But that’s precisely why it’s important to check it out.

These are the kind of arguments someone in the room will bring up when debating whether comments ought to be moderated, or the managem
Aug 31, 2007 Jeremy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: members of the flat-earth society
This book made me all kinds of cranky. I accept the premise on its face, that the web is chock full of amateurs blathering on about their most mundane thoughts and dreams. I part ways with the author when he claims that our culture and values will be destroyed because of it. By decrying the fate of the major movie studios and record labels, and the precipitous drop in their revenues, it's pretty clear who he's writing this book for. By pretending that the public at large has a relationship of in ...more
Mar 01, 2008 Douglas rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Given that Andrew Keen is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, whose writings have appeared have appeared in a number of prestigious publications, I surmise that he is reasonably intelligent and well-informed about technology and culture. It is with great shock and disappointment that I read the book "The Cult of the Amateur."

Keen believes that all these empowered individuals (like you and me) are 1) poisoning civic discourse by blurring the lines between facts, inferences and opinions, 2) destroying
Based on the title, I thought this was going to be another book about the Bush Administration. But instead of being about the incompetence, hubris, cronyism, and greed that’s running our government and ruining our country, The Cult of The Amateur is about the incompetence, vanity, narcissism, and greed that’s running the Internet and killing our culture.

Overall, Keen’s polemic is a very relevant book and one I wish everyone would read. It’s sure to spark a lot of debate at dinner parties between
Tim Chang
pretty far on the rant-ish end of the spectrum, but some excellent and thought-provoking points are made.

Here were the key takeaways and questions that the book raised for me:
- democratization of content/media results in the loudest (and often least credible) getting most attention, and hence you can't trust anything on the web.
- this is leading to the death of culture (and the loss of taste makers and fact checkers) and commerce -- the trend is towards overall value-destruction (vs. value cre
While Keen does make some interesting points, his constant railing against all aspects of Web 2.0 grows old. We get it. You don't like user-created content, at least when it is created by people other than yourself (more on this later). Keen might be trying to get us to rally to the cause of saving the Internet, but in the end one can't help but wonder if he is just a bitter man who missed the 2.0 boat.

As one can expect from the title of the book, he is not fond of amateurs, stating that profes
First of all, I find it highly amusing to review this book online, since Keen thinks the proliferation of blogs is the scourge of all culture.

The first few chapters are one long, often repetitive, diatribe. He bemoans the “editor-free world” on the Net because the result is propaganda, deception, and advertising disguised as entertainment or news. Plus, people lose jobs, since traditional media outlets for paid reporters, editors, and music labels are losing their consumer base to the new Intern
Mike Van Campen
Jul 24, 2007 Mike Van Campen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks interested in Web 2.0 and technology
I expected to be upset by this book. I was. This is no more than a poorly reasoned and weekly supported anti-Web 2.0 rant by a failed Internet entrepreneur. His claims that the participatory nature of Web 2.0 will ruin culture because it removes the highly trained cultural gatekeepers (publishers, record and move producers, etc.) from the equation of what we read, watch, listen to, etc. is ludicrous. If these gatekeepers were providing such high quality content the 2.0 revolution wouldn't be an ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken  ·  review of another edition
Oh noes! After a brief period in the history of humanity when people were paying others to amuse and inform them, now they are once again amusing and informing themselves and one another.
I don't remember when was the last time I got so frustrated and angry with a book that it hurts to read it and I want to yell at it every 15 seconds.

Yes, I do have the benefit of 8 years of hindsight. But it is incredible how every single distopian prediction this book makes didn't materialize. It just utterly fails at imagining alternatives, it is pompously elitist and arrogant, and it just doesn't get technology or the internet or innovation or change or people or the world.

I want to finish th
There are two books with this name and I thought this was the other one. This one is the stupid one, a scree against youtube, wikipedia and crowds in general.

It is primarily about the ill effects of the web.

My critique, such as it is, benefits from hindsight, as when the book was written wikipedia had only 3 million entries. Still, as polemic, this book is all noise and no substance. It decries mob rule on the web and the fall of the expert. It intentionally devalues daily human activity. It pr
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 determined and espoused by an expert. The author pulls out all of the goblins: narcissism, lying, thievery, gambling and pornography; to warn readers that their culture is under siege by know-nothing friends and neighbors bent on self-expression and actualiza ...more
Mark Mikula
The Cult of the Amateur takes the view that opening up the web to all voices has a decidedly negative impact on our culture. With newspapers needing to layoff workers, Keen makes the point that expertise is being lost to masses of people who are, in many cases, ill-equipped to maintain journalistic standards. The web's cloak of anonymity and the amateur status of many bloggers and videographers also keep individuals from being held accountable for their views. Keen also questions how many indivi ...more
As a person who makes her income online, I could not resist reading a book that claimed – in the title no less – that the internet is assaulting our economy. Luckily, I made a good choice with this one and could hardly put it down until I finished reading it.

Andrew Keen starts off with a strong argument. You have heard of the Infinite Monkey Theorem? Infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters can create Shakespeare? According to Keen, “Today’s technology hooks all those monkeys up with all those
Reading this book was like listening to someone complain that the advent of the printing press destroyed the lives and careers of every town crier and would ultimately be the ruination of us all. Despite pouring forth much data and citing statistics to bolster his claim that the Internet and everyone who participates in and with it are degrading our culture and society to the point that we'll all be mindless, addicted idiots without a culture, he came across as a narrow-minded old fogey. His maj ...more
Unlike many reviewers, I didn't find this book to be elitist. While I love social media and see potential for real learning to take place in Web 2.0 environments, I am bothered by the the sense of being entitled to free stuff that seems so common these days. I agree that people who produce creative work deserve to be compensated. Keen articulates the problem pretty clearly in the first half of the book.

The second half seems to lose focus a bit. While Internet addiction, porn, and gambling are im
Having been published seven years ago, this book is outdated, but I was curious about what ideas would be presented. I found them to be mainly alarmist and, while there are some valid points regarding issues like intellectual property rights violations and having to more carefully evaluate Web sources for credibility, I found a lot of the concerns to be a bit of a stretch. Keen complains, for instance, about there being too many amateurs self publishing books and posting videos on YouTube, but n ...more
In 2014 The Cult of the Amateur is already rather dated and unconvincing. The main theme is Andrew Keen's panic over change. The cultural cornerstones of his youth are being suffocated by the cultural shift caused by Web 2.0. Now who wouldn't find this sad, but he's on a lonely crusade in his conviction that this is the end of the world.

He bases all his arguments on the assumption that the average person is stupid (at least more so than himself) and the freedom to create and share online cannot
Feb 28, 2008 Nicole rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people I really hated
Keen should be ashamed of himself. This book is littered with factual errors. It also has many statistics taken out of context that seem alarming, but when compared with historical statistics completely destroy his argument rather than support it. Did Doubleday even fact-check it?

Either this book is a satire meant to show that the publishing world is no better than the Web 2.0 world he decries, or it's a complete travesty.
Andrew Keen does well to identify the book as a polemic. It is poorly written and rambles. While I find the subject interesting and timely, this is not the book one should read to explore it. I also have some problems with so-called "Web 2.0" culture, but I do NOT want this man speaking for me.
Roger Tavares
This could be a good book. Some facts are strong and valid, and could be better analyzed. But the book lacks in methodology, analysis and good informational basis. These faults make this book an amateur, such as those the book itself criticizes.
Fantastic. And telling that many of the negative reviews are from amateur content producers who feel offended by Keen's message.

This book is a rousing defense of editors, publishers, and other content aggregators that filter the good from the junk. In the internet's never-ending quest to eliminate middlemen, Keen argues, we're creating a society with no filters, ever-more content is produced, of which less and less is palatable let alone noteworthy.

In many ways better than his newer book The Int
well it is soft on logic and argument, as expected. and not worth reading unless you enjoy the stodgy analysis and gross generalisations.
Jan 07, 2008 R.John rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: internet startup posers
Shelves: nonfiction
Absolutely laughable. Contradictory screed on how mainstream culture must be protected from...mainstream culture. Hilarious.
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