A few weeks back I saw Andrew Keen debate on BookTV. During the debate, I felt that he came across as arrogant and elitist. I’m not sure why, then, I chose to pick up his book, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture. Perhaps it was the small, unintimidating size of the book. Perhaps it was my insatiable interest in the internet. Perhaps its just my curiousity getting the best of me. Regardless of the motivation, I’m glad I read the book. Unlike the debate, reading Keen convinced me that many of his arguments deserve a fair hearing. Though few are brave enough to admit it, the new wired world we live in is not all sunshine and roses. There are deep, dark, and murky waters that we should be wary of. Keen’s book is a great introduction to some of the dangers we face as a culture in the new digital age. For my extended reflections, click HERE.
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