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Go for the "Cult of Amateur" first,
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This review is from: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us (Paperback)
Couple of years ago Adnrew Keen has published "The cult of amateur" probably one of the first books in what eventually happened to become a trend urging very skeptical approach to internet as social, cultural and media phenomenon. While reading Vertigo I've found it very hard not to compare it with "The cult...", and the duel leaves Vertigo defeated. "The cult..." was a very straightforward book offering Keen's thoughts on how internet is having negative impact on modern culture backed with practical examples. It read almost like a school textbook with ideas presented in a an orderly and disciplined manner, which I guess one can take as showing respect for the reader on one hand, and an objective measure of the strength of authors' reasoning on the other. In Vertigo, Keen ventures into almost mystical journey to the unchartered territories of internet impacting social live and is focusing on social media impact this time. If The cult however was more a report on the issues, Vertigo is much closer to philosophical essay. This does not necessary have to be a weakness, might strength for some readers, but to me the book lost its edge. It's more like personal diary, making the story possibly more involving for some, but it is missing more universal message backed with hard data that "the cult" brought about. My advice: take "The cult of amateur" first and consider "Vertigo" as an option for a dessert.