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The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen
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Nov 12, 2007

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Ironically, I picked this book up at the library unaware that it would confront some of the topics brought up in The Long Tail (which I just read). Basically Andrew Keen lays out ways in which the new Democracy of Web 2.0 is killing the "expert", whether it be artistically, editorially, scholarly, etc. He goes after Wikipedia and YouTube big time. While this book at times goes a little far with accusations, the core concepts have all entered my thoughts before ever reading this book.

I really enjoyed Cult of the Amateur, but I wish he would have devoted more than one chapter to explain some of the solutions to the Web 2.0 issues. The solutions that he did provide were fair, but to lay out 7 chapters of problems and only one short chapter of solutions just seems a little lobsided. Good read though.


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