Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution.
He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a “powerful, frightening read” and the Washington Post called “an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn’t as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe”.
In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the “100 Most Connected Men”. (From his website www.ajkeen.com)
One of his arguments is that the Internet, and online culture, devalues professional artists and thinkers and creates a world of amateurs. Here he is talking about his views on the Internet and how it is also creating further economic and cultural global inequality:
Keen states that companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are not trying to improve the world through social media and technology but rather improve themselves.
He argues that we have become members of a giant data factory where nearly everything we do is linked to providing data for these big companies. We are willingly turning ourselves into slaves.
He argues against people like David Gauntlet when it comes to things like Web 2.0:
This article from The Guardian explains it further. Click on the quote below:
Quotes by Andrew Keen:
This presentation is a really good exploration of Keen’s main ideas and will be a very useful revision tool for your exam.
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