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Andrew Keen, the founder of Audiocafe.com, is making waves with his latest book on The Cult of the Amateur. He stopped by to tape this Video View on how user-generated content and companies like Google and YouTube are destroying our culture.
“It’s creating an increasingly inane and trivialized culture,” he told me. “One imaginary dystopia is that in 25 or 50 years, there will be no mainstream media. There’s nothing inevitable about Hollywood. There’s nothing inevitable about the music industry. The replacement for mainstream media is Twitter, it’s YouTube, it’s Wikipedia … If you read it on the Internet, it likely isn’t true.”
And, Keen thinks, the days of Web 2.0 are numbered. And he’s no fan of Google. “The problem with Google is they want to be too intimate with us. Google is not our friend. It’s the next generation advertising superpower.” Check out the Video View for more.
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