Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Post Titled: can somebody send this guy a tissue for his big sobbing puss?
"From the newspaper Libération in France:
Andrew Keen accuses the Internet of killing culture
In an interview conducted by Frédérique Roussel, Andrew Keen, a British blogger and author of 'The Cult of the Amateur', denounces the absence of ethics on the Internet. "When I look a the Web, I mainly see cultural and ethical chaos. I note the insidious theft of intellectual property, plagiarism, hardcore pornography, unrelenting spams and intellectual inanity. ... Amateur ethics are so dominant that expertise, talent and knowledge are loosing ground. Superficial political analyses, pathetic videos, unreadable novels. The internet today is like a state of nature closer to Hobbes than to Rousseau, where human behaviour is blossoming without any social rules or regulations. Anarchy. ... The Web 2.0 is killing our culture, taking over our economy and destroying our codes of conduct. All this because of a utopian faith in technological information ." (22/08/2007)
link to eurotopics: HERE

Culture-?!? what culture? Oh, wait, I forgot, if you are somthing other than American you might actually believe in a thing called "culture"
Maybe he is right, but unfortunately it is tooooo late. HERE IS HIS BLOG I#ll have to look into it...


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Blogger Ithaca said...

If you look at the early xkcd pages, they're just sketches he drew when he was bored in lectures -- but after about a year of the blog he was able to do the blog full time living off the sale of T-shirts and other paraphernalia. What I like about the blog form is precisely that you can see the development of the artist; you don't get something that went through the filter of an editor, so you can see the writer (or comic artist) finding his voice.

What I mean is, the thing people normally say to people like him is, yeah, there's a lot of crap out there but there's so much that's fantastic that we could never have had otherwise -- but what's really interesting is that the internet gives you the chance to see someone start out as an amateur, not sure what they want to do, and then find out and take off with it. (Not that I think the early xkcds were crap, but they definitely do look like something someone drew who was bored in lectures.)

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