Interview with Internet critic Andrew Keen

06/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Andrew Keen was part of the first wave of the Internet revolution, in the 1990’s, creating a site called in 1996.

But something profoundly happened to him over the years, resulting in an ephiphany in 2004, when he realized what the Internet was becoming …As he writes in his new book, “The Cult of the Amateur”, he said he saw that the Web 2.0 revolution has peddled the promise of bringing more truth to more people, more depth of information, more global perspective, more unbiased opinion from dispassionate observers, but, he writes, “ this is all a smokescreen.”

He goes on to write, “What the web 2.0 is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us, rather than deep analysis , shrill opinion rather than considered judgement.”

WMNF spoke with Andrew Keen over the weekend regarding when he realized that in his opinion, Web 2.0 had gone seriously off track (roll tape#1 o.q.”time to invest in this sort of thing”)

That’s Andrew Keen ..He’s the author of the new book, The Cult of the Amateur”….Please stay tuned to the Evening News later this week as we continue our dialogue with the man who believes things on the Internet have gone seriously awry.

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