The Cult of the Amateur

OK…I’ve broken down after reading a fiction book (John Steinbeck’s The Pearl) I have returned to non-fiction with a bang. We all should read Andrew Keen’s The Culture of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture. Here’s a quote from this most insightful book…though it could be cheerier:

"Because democratization, despite its lofty idealization, is undermining truth, souring public discourse, and belittling expertise, experience, and talent. As I noted earlier, it is threatening the very future of our cultural institutions…the real consequence of the Web 2.0 revolution is less culture, less reliable news, and a chaos of useless information. One chilling reality in this brave new digital epoch is the blurring, obfuscation, and even disappearance of truth…today’s media is shattering the world into a billion personalize truths, each seemingly equally valid and worthwhile."

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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