Tomorrow is the official on-sale date for Andrew Keen's 'The Cult of the Amateur,' but the book is already getting lots of attention. Keen, a writer, and failed Internet entrepreneur, spends 200 pages attacking the rise of the 'amateur' and the harm -- economic, social, cultural and political -- these amateurs will cause. Without 'standards,' without 'taste,' without 'institutions' to 'filter' good from bad, true from false, the Internet, Keen argues, is destined to destroy us.
There's much in the book that even we amateur-o-philes should think about. How can we build trust into the structures of knowledge the Internet is enabling (Wikipedia, blogs, etc.)? How can make sure the contribution adds to understanding rather than confuses it? These are hard questions. And as is true of Wikipedia at each moment of every day -- there is more work to be done.
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