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Archive for August, 2007

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Questions for Andrew Keen

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

In response to Richard Sambrook’s call for questions for Andrew Keen, author of: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy:

I will start off by stating that I have not (yet) read this book. However, the the book’s title, summary and multiple online discussions about the book’s central theme (this example is particularly informative) have given me a fair enough idea of the book’s polemic theme.

If (as the book’s title suggests) he feels that giving a voice to the masses is such an assault on our cultural values, does he therefore, feel the same way about the concept of democracy, or the free market for that matter? Isn’t the economy, that he would appear to fear for, largely successful because of the free market, and it’s inherent exchange of ideas?

To the (to me at least) deliberately provocative title: how exactly do you kill a culture, and who exactly, should be entrusted with it’s safekeeping? Isn’t a culture an organic, evolving representation of the individuals that inhabit it? Doesn’t it exist because, not in spite of, those that occupy it?

Regardless of copyright issues (which are more of a legal than a cultural challenge) isn’t the propogation, discussion and resultant filtering of memes and ideas ultimately a good thing for a culture?

What exactly is it about the loss of centralised power and authority that concerns him so, and who does he feel has a rightful claim to it? Can authority derived from expertise not emerge naturally from within a marketplace of ideas and discussion?

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Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007