Amateur, shmamateur.


Host Nora Young in conversation with Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture. While the potential of the internet is all the rage, Keen, a Silicon Valley alumnus, has written a polemic arguing that everything we know about the Internet is dangerous to the very foundations of western civilization. Keen believes that the democratization of the internet means an end to expert opinion, the very notion of truth, reasonable political discourse and the very business models that have allowed music, literature, movies, television and culture itself to flourish. Nora Young spoke with Andrew Keen from a studio in San Francisco.

This interview annoyed me to no end. Keen has a polished English accent and spoke with such venom in his voice towards an industry that obviously treated him very well. The very phrase “cult of the amateur” indicates that he believes he’s above me because he’s a published author. Bah. I’m an amateur through and through, Andrew. I’d trust a bunch of amateurs who have no vested interest to give me a more honest opinion than a paid journalist who’s employer has proven leanings one way or the other.

In true amateur fashion, bite me, Andrew.

2 thoughts on “Amateur, shmamateur.”

  1. Interesting. I took almost the complete opposite from the same interview. There needs to be a place for professionalism and amateurism. One cannot succeed without the other, but clearly the pendulum of power has swung behind that of the amateur. The real concern is that the skill and craft behind a profession will be unable to recover or be significantly hurt by the drive to support amateur noise. You have very strong filters and a lot of experience with this medium, I empathize with those that feel overwhelmed by it. Just my thoughts I totally agreed with you completely when I first heard the guy. Then I sort of assumed there is more nuance to the argument. He was rather pompus no doubt – total amateur.


  2. Jeremy, you are absolutely right. It’s the balance between the two that’s missing.

    It’s probably a little ironic that I, myself, posted about spelling and grammatical errors before this post.

    Maybe I took it as a personal attack since I was, and am, viewing myself as an amateur. I should have taken a step back and mulled over the interview before posting, but such is life.

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