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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion
Melvin Lerner

The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values

The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values - Andrew Keen So where do I begin? I must say that I sympathize with him. I mean, it makes no sense that major corporations are buying up these sites which generate no money for billions of dollars. Fine. And wikipedia is problematic, especially if no one educates kids and students about what proper sources consist of. Fine. But, the traditional media he holds so high are in no way unimpeachable. If I have to choose between being bombarded with Backstreet Boys singles on TV or listening to some winy amateur guitarist on Youtube, I'll take the latter, thanks. At least I get to choose. What is wrong with re-mixing? What is so horrible about what Beck and now Radiohead are doing? I think it's great. I mean, just because some of these fans don't know what their doing, doesn't mean all the remixes will be bad. Just because no one is getting paid, doesn't mean there aren't creative people out there. I think homestar alone totally refutes his point about needing money for creativity (it's not an absolute, like anything else). What else? He holds Dylan up so high and says, 'can you imagine a remix?' And of course I can. But then I think he hasn't listened to Bob's last album where he totally re-did "Rolling and Tumbling." How are they different, really? There was more, but I finished the book last week and I have lost some of my vehemence. Um, anyway, if you're going to start a conversation about the future of "2.0" this is not the way to do it.