Friday, June 29, 2007

NYT reviews Andrew Keen on the Cult of the Amateur

Here. My shorter take on the argument: I don't like your new modes of production; they don't give me the stuff I want. So stop.

It's an interesting type of argument, evaluative without being comparative (Wikipedia is unreliable, etc.) or historicized (summarized in the review as "historians and journalists traditionally strived to deliver the best available truth possible" but have now been overtaken by partisan blogging, and internet distribution will destroy the "sales or worldwide recognition enjoyed by earlier generations of musicians" -- yes, those many generations of musicians who enjoyed worldwide recognition, going back so far that the memory of man runneth not to the contrary).

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