*The following is officially a rant*
I awoke this morning in time to hear the now infamous Andrew Keen whine on in his Lloyd Grossman-esque tones about why the internet is such a bad thing. He was joined by Sunday Times journalist Bryan Appleyard.
With Ed Stourton interviewing them both it was a most depressing piece of listening and you can listen again by going to the BBC's Listen Again and fast-forwarding to 21 mins into the broadcast.
I won't recap the full interview but through his grinding Lloyd Grossman voice we had a pretty unchallenged interveiw which included such gems as:
- "The internet is a monster destroying our culture"
- "The internet is a monster destroying our media economy"
- "The internet is a monster undermining media/music business"
- "Culture is being replaced by corrupt and useless user-generated content"
Excuse me while I *yawn*.
The best and most telling coment was made when Stourton exemplified Keen's phrase "digital narcissism" by saying "people think writing a book is the same as writing a blog. And we all know that isn't the case." Cue smug, contempuous chuckles by all.
Complaints like the internet is destroying authority don't wash with me, and neither do suggestions that kids who believe Wikipedia are at risk. In fact that comment speaks volumes too. Why suggest children are at risk from what they read in Wikipedia?
It's pure Daily Mail sensationalism. Firstly Wikipedia is 99% as accurate as the Encyclopaedia Britannica (and even that's got a 'paedia' in its name) and second why are not adults at risk?
It's to get people buying his book isn't it? He doesn't honestly think in such a stupid, stunted, snobbish and condescending fashion does he? Does he?
Rant over. .