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."