Friday, April 11, 2008

The Truth According To Wikipedia

The Truth According To Wikipedia

Here's Andrew Keen bitching on the Colbert Report

Andrew Keen says people steal on the internet all the time.
People are not stealing, copying = not stealing. They're spreading information.
The reason they are is because the Mainstream Media is doing a piss poor job of that, they actually do the opposite. The Mainstream Media doesn't spread information, the MM informs.

There's nothing wrong with amateurs to me:
"The word amateur comes from the Latin root meaning 'to love.' The conventional interpretation is that the amateur pursues his calling out of love, while the pro does it for money. Not the way I see it. In my view, the amateur DOES NOT LOVE THE GAME ENOUGH. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his 'real' vocation. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time." Andrew Keen

What about the Renaissance Man? Someone who is great in many fields, take Jacque Fresco for instance. I value those way over the narrow minded professional.

"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field." Niels Bohr

One of his most ridiculous arguments is that we need professional objective journalists instead of bloggers. LOL, I think that the unprofessional agenda-propagating actors we have as journalists now needed the bloggers, many of them biased, to come to the rescue or the information vacuum would have sucked up our reality in a black hole.

I do agree with him that money is an issue in all this, I'd like to get paid for my many hours on the internet too servicing others, especially cause I loathe the system and am having trouble finding a job I can actually fathom doing and not just being a cog in some insignificant broken Machine.

1 comment:

Lord Fanny said...

"Andrew Keen is a tosser by the way. Yet another "professional" fearing the effect that blogging and independent Internet news sites have on decreasing the sales of organizations that pay him to do what so many others will do for free..

His suggestions of course is that bloogers etc have a certain agenda and this colours the news and information that they spread. This in turn leads them to propagate outlandish "untruths"£ as fact which then quickly spread. He is of course correct. But his continuation of this argument is that established news agencies spread the "truth" with no agenda.

So remember:

News International
Have no agendas and are not influenced by their advertisers.

hail - as they say - Eris