Monday, May 28, 2012

Learned Experts and Internet - Their Influence growing or diminishing?

Andrew Keen gives the opinion that internet is undermining the authority of learned experts. Is it? It may have undermined the incomes of some of the currently successful media businesses. But has it enabled large number of learned people to communicate with larger number of people and thus enhanced their ability to serve more people with their knowledge? Yes it certainly helped large number of faculty members of top institutions to publish their output and make it accessible to global audience. This enabled many people who are searching for answers to find more useful answers. The print media operated under constraints and hence could not provide opportunity to large number of learned people to convert their ideas into accessible products. Digital media is much more economical and hence it provided the opportunity to much larger people and the society really benefited from it.

Read the book: The Cluetrain Manifesto and the 95 theses

Andrew Keen's Interview on the Cult of Amateur


Read the comment by David Weinberger
August 2007

Article by Keen on Dark Side of Digital Media April 2007

Digital Vertigo - Another view by Andrew Keen



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