• The Cult of the Amateur: How Blogs, Myspace, Youtube, and the Rest of Today's User-Generated Media Are Destroying Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values

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    Description"Amateur hour has arrived, and the audience is running the show " In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement. Our most valued cultural institutions, Keen warns--our professional newspapers, magazines, music, and movies--are being overtaken by an avalanche of amateur, user-generated free content. Advertising revenue is being siphoned off by free classified ads on sites like Craigslist; television networks are under attack from free user-generated programming on YouTube and the like; file-sharing and digital piracy have devastated the multibillion-dollar music business and threaten to undermine our movie industry. Worse, Keen claims, our "cut-and-paste" online culture--in which intellectual property is freely swapped, downloaded, remashed, and aggregated--threatens over 200 years of copyright protection and intellectual property rights, robbing artists, authors, journalists, musicians, editors, and producers of the fruits of their creative labors. In today's self-broadcasting culture, where amateurism is celebrated and anyone with an opinion, however ill-informed, can publish a blog, post a video on YouTube, or change an entry on Wikipedia, the distinction between trained expert and uninformed amateur becomes dangerously blurred. When anonymous bloggers and videographers, unconstrained by professional standards or editorial filters, can alter the public debate and manipulate public opinion, truth becomes a commodity to be bought, sold, packaged, and reinvented. The very anonymity that the Web 2.0 offers calls into question the reliability of the information we receive and creates an environment in which sexual predators and identity thieves can roam free. While no Luddite--Keen pioneered several Internet startups himself--he urges us to consider the consequences of blindly supporting a culture that endorses plagiarism and piracy and that fundamentally weakens traditional media and creative institutions. Offering concrete solutions on how we can reign in the free-wheeling, narcissistic atmosphere that pervades the Web, THE CULT OF THE AMATEUR is a wake-up call to each and every one of us.


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    Title
    The Cult of the Amateur
    Subtitle
    How Blogs, Myspace, Youtube, and the Rest of Today's User-Generated Media Are Destroying Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Keen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 236
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385520812
    ISBN 10: 0385520816
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.1
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: UBJ
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    B&T General Subject: 650
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26310
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    DC21: 303.4833
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    B&T Approval Code: A93130000
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    BIC subject category V2: UBW
    LC classification: HM851 .K43 2007
    Thema V1.0: UBW, UBJ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell
    Publication date
    12 August 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    ANDREW KEEN is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writings on culture, media, and technology have appeared in "The Weekly Standard," "Fast Company," "The San Francisco Chronicle," "Listener," and "Jazziz." As the Founder, President and CEO of Audiocafe.com, he has been featured in "Esquire," "Industry Standard, " and many other magazines and newspapers. He is the host of the acclaimed Internet show "AfterTV" and frequently appears on radio and television. He lives in Berkeley, California.
    Review quote
    "A powerful, provocative, and beautifully written stop-and-breathe book in the midst of the greatest paradigm shift in information and communications history." --Christopher M. Schroeder, CEO, HealthCentral Network (healthcentral.com), and former CEO and publisher, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive "Page after page of really interesting insight and research. I look forward to the much-needed debate about the problems that Keen articulates--which can't be lightly dismissed." --Larry Sanger, cofounder, Wikipedia and founder, Citizendium "Thoroughly engaging, brightly written pages" --"Chicago Tribune" "Andrew Keen is a brilliant, witty, classically educated technoscold--and thank goodness. The world needs an intellectual Goliath to slay Web 2.0's army of Davids." --Jonathan Last, online editor, "Weekly Standard"