When I first heard about Andrew Keen’s book (The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture), I assumed he was just looking to make a new career as contrarian pundit.
I mean, he came across as wrong in print “debates” (David Weinberger thoroughly and politely kicks Keen’s butt in the Wall Street Journal) but not actually stupid.
Then I saw his interview with Stephen Colbert:
I was going to borrow Keen’s book from my local public library, but after seeing this interview and hearing such appallingly moronic things come out of his mouth (e.g. “Even the Nazis didn’t put artists out of work” or suggesting that something isn’t art unless it is paid for), I can’t do it.
Please- watch the video and read the “debate” with Weinberger before wasting time or money on Keen’s book.