Fabulous title for a not so fabulous op-ed from journalisten.dk. And yes, we're talking about Andrew Keen's "Cult of the amateur – how Today's Internet is killing our culture and destroying our economy".
In short: the journalist thinks this is a very important book from an author who is too much in love with his own conclusions. He offers quite a bit of praise for Keen, but also comes up with some very valid objections against his arguments.
I have sometimes been accused, perhaps rightfully, of being a contrarian by nature, but the 'contrariness' of Keen's book doesn't appeal to me at all, so praise for him is lost on me. Mainly because Keen comes across as a guy who simply does not understand what he's talking about.
If the blogosphere has taught me one thing, it is to become a better listener: I love letting the links of blogs I trust or appreciate take me into unknown territory – introduce me to new and interesting takes, angles, voices... which is clearly a venture of serendipity Mr Keen has never dared, or found in interesting enough, to undertake.
I think I am getting Keen, he does represent a particular mindset, which existed throughout the ages. He doesn't understand, which is not a crime, but he doesn't want to understand. He is like the rest of the media industry - has a story and he's sticking to it. Everything else washes off of him. His loss. The more interesting is the reason he's getting attention. Somehow people sense that he represents a wider view and so he gets debated... it is like trying to convince the reactionaries out there by proxy...