I think it is a great thing when amateurs create, even if the thing they create is not as great as what the professional creates. I want my kids to write. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll stop reading Hemingway and read only what they write. What Keen misses is the value to a culture that comes from developing the capacity to create—independent of the quality created. That doesn’t mean we should not criticize works created badly (such as, for example, Keen’s book…). But it does mean you’re missing the point if you simply compare the average blog to the NY times.What a great, no-nonsense ripost to all those who claim blogs, YouTube etc. are drivel.
Monday, 13 October 2008
Lawrence Lessig on Andrew Keen
Here's Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons, on Andrew Keen (the full article is well worth a read though):