Andrew Keen

.net: Could you explain the theory described in your book, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy, in a few sentences?
Andrew Keen: The Cult of the Amateur is a critique of the ideal of citizen media. It argues that, behind the seductive language of a “democratised” media lies a threat to objective information and high-quality entertainment. The traditional gatekeepers of mainstream media are being replaced by a chaos of anonymous internet activists who are pursuing often corrosive cultural, political and economic agendas of their own.

I wrote the book to challenge the stifling intellectual orthodoxy of digital Utopianism in Silicon Valley. The Cult of the Amateur is a subversion of the original subversion. I’m exposing Web 2.0 and revealing that, behind the radical rhetoric lies the economic, cultural and political interests of a new class of media oligarchs.

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