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4.0 out of 5 stars Raises some interesting issues, 3 Aug 2007
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This review is from: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy (Paperback)
This isn't a bad book - maybe a little thin, and superficial. It covers the rise of Web 2 / user generated content, and looks at the perils of having so many poorly informed people masquerading as informed experts. The author's observations on Wikipedia, and the potential problems with content are correct. He covers the music industry, and how a new generation of younger people have no concept of ownership or intellectual rights. I can see his point.

My criticism of the book is that while his points are valid, he doesn't offer many remedies until the final chapter, and most of them aren't very convincing. I get the feeling the author would thoroughly disapprove of me giving this review. I'd be considered too amateur to fully appreciate and properly review his book. He's probably right.

I have some respect for him, because he's sticking his neck out by highlighting the pitfalls of Web 2, while everyone is falling over themselves to talk it up and suggest that the democratization of the Internet (and information in general) is the best thing ever.

I'd recommend reading the book. It won't take you too long.
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