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Controversial but interesting
on August 9, 2009
For the last few years, many people have been talking up the idea of Web 2.0, community, collaboration and participation. But in this book, Andrew Keen presents the other side of the equation. The sub-title of the book pretty much sums up his point of view "How today's Internet is killing our culture and assaulting our economy".
His main argument is that the new Internet promotes popularity over expertise, trivia over serious news, and sound bites over substance. He also talks about things like the death of specialty music stores because of easy access to downloadable music; the slow demise of newspapers and TV due to "citizen journalism" through blogs and forums; and the growth of on-line gambling, pornography and other "Net nasties".
I don't agree with everything he says, but I do think he's right - to some extent. This is a well-reasoned book, and one worth reading, especially if you're a fan of everything Web 2.0. There's so much out there praising it; it's worth seeing the opposite side of the debate.