Cult of the Amateur?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 29, 2007 - 10:47
An interesting article in the NY Times talking about a new book by Andrsew Keen called The Cult of the Amateur. It sounds like the book covers a lot of territory but one point of interest to webcomics was the notion that free content is killing content:
"What you may not realize is that what is free is actually costing us a fortune,â€ Mr. Keen writes. â€œThe new winners â€” Google, YouTube, MySpace, Craigslist, and the hundreds of start-ups hungry for a piece of the Web 2.0 pie â€” are unlikely to fill the shoes of the industries they are helping to undermine, in terms of products produced, jobs created, revenue generated or benefits conferred. By stealing away our eyeballs, the blogs and wikis are decimating the publishing, music and news-gathering industries that created the original content those Web sites â€˜aggregate.â€™ Our culture is essentially cannibalizing its young, destroying the very sources of the content they crave."