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The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen
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did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-2010s, communication

If you’re looking for a thoughtful discussion of amateurs vs. experts in the world of Web 2.0, The Cult of the Amateur isn’t it. It starts out as a rant against amateurism, which Keen equates with incompetence. Obviously, this is a fallacious argument. (The book is a series of those.) Perhaps a bigger problem is, after a few chapters, Keen veers wildly off-topic, digressing into discussions of such things as IP theft, privacy, identity theft, online gambling, online porn, and parental controls. I guess he ran out of things to support his stated thesis. Overall, a shallow and flawed argument. More here.

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Reading Progress

February 7, 2011 – Started Reading
February 9, 2011 – Shelved
February 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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