Did a Web 2.0 site once touch Andrew Keen in a bad place? This is the bitter story of a bitter man who once must have taken a wrong wrong step and was left alone and cold.
Much of his facts aren’t wrong, but the conclusions are from a single point of view with an agenda. (Two chapters are dedicated to criticize others who present things online in this manner with ‘hidden agendas.’ Hypocrite.)
On one hand he criticizes the knowledge of individuals on the internet, only to raise individuals he him selves approve of (like sales clerks in record stores) to enormous heights. What Andrew completely misses is that these people — like everyone else — are also present online. We must take it to themselves to find talent offline AND online. There is no difference, and we must all be critical of information regardless of the format and provider.
I forced myself to listen through the 6 hours and 22 minutes of ranting about how how much better things were before, and how we as a society are dependent on big corporations to select what kind of media we want to consume. I do agree that we still need media outlets that offers a broad view of current issues, both domestic and international, but I don't agree that the world will end just because the old media outlets are inable to adapt to the new economy.
This author is too personal and too emotional on the new technology and their impacts on our life. The booming of Internet changing many things. Not all of them are perfect due to the freedom provided by Internet. Many so called amateurs finally get chance to have their voices heard, and have their knowledge and experience shared. The author has negative view to all of them, and online wiki is singled out to be criticized. Certainly, the benefit of having those amateurs on the Internet benefit all of us. Otherwise we cannot explain why stock price of google price keeping raising
If you can handle six hours of a pretentious sounding Brit drone on about how empowering the average Joe via Web 2.0 is going to kill the professional producer, this book is actually worth the time.
Keen's delivery aside, there's some good points to think about here. We're all going to be swimming in a sea of mediocraty and misinformation as the Internet becomes more central to how we receive information. The only beef I have with this book is that the author comes off as an crotchety old man shaking his fist at progress. More importantly, I agree with his concerns over the flood of filth and how it's going to take our culture to new depths of moral degredation.
I give it five stars because we should all be thinking about the consequences of so called "progress".
i do concur with the other reviews, but i felt like commenting on the narration:
keen tries to dramatize every single sentence. as i was listening to chapter one, i was thinking: "hmmmm, by the tone of his voice, and the amount of melodrama, we're reaching the climax of the book already."
Then i realized having a "climax" in a non-fiction book is unusual, and i also realized that every sentence thereafter was similarly narrated.
This book had a few interesting points such as how the record industry has been hurt by the internet, but the rest of the book was just a collection of the latest headlines over the past few years; the dangers of pedophiles on the internet, the scourge of internet gambling,the potential lack of privacy and ID theft, etc. the biggest joke of the book though was how the author kept talking about how the internet was ruining the American way of life, but the author was from England and had married an American woman and moved to the US, he had no claim of America or the American dream. I would would not recommend this book, to ones ided and negative.