Amateur Hour

I’ve had onstage conversations with Andrew Keen twice in the past week. He’s the author of “Cult of the Amateur,” a polemic about how bad the Internet (and particularly blogs, who he writes are written by “monkeys”) is making nearly everything suck. This is a marketing strategy wrapped in the clothing of a book. Brilliant one too, as I’ve written before.

I hate writing about it cause I’m playing into his publisher’s hands. If I say “don’t buy it, it’s a crappy book” many of you will rush out and buy it just so you can see what I’m talking about. So, I won’t say that. Go and buy it. Make Andrew rich! That way he’ll be a professional author and we can all then write a polemic about that. Heheh.

Anyway, Dan Farber reports on the Sunday debate. So does Scott Roseberg. So does Renee Blodget.

Actually, for being such a polemic, it did engender some interesting conversations at both events.

Well, that’s enough from “your monkey.” :-)

Oh, wait, it’s time to drive John Welch nuts with my evening’s post of my link blog’s headlines! Heheh. If you don’t want to wade through page after page of full text items on my link blog, just the headlines and links to items are on the Twitter Feed for my Link blog here.

1. Facebook Platform: The Road to IPO?
2. Pandora bringing Internet Radio to Cell Phones
3. Google CEO on Education: Google Search is key
4. VMIX to Power Traditional Media Social Networking Components
5. Follow Up To My Sky Is Falling Post
6. Will DRM-free tunes turbocharge music sales?
7. Interview: Howard Rheingold
8. Interview: David Weinberger
9. Memo to Entrepreneurs: Advertising isn’t a strong business model
10. Rocky
11. Sonos announces new bundle, Pandora integration
12. your library is delicious
13. Netvibes Revisited
14. Pandora Goes Mobile, and Sonos, and More
15. What thoughts should I think?
16. Rootly Relaunces: Design Much Improved
17. Google Calls for Real-Time Spectrum Allocation
18. Seventeen year Cicadas and other stuff
19. Justin.TV Network Launches: More Shows to Come
20. The West Coast Whining Continues … AD NAUSEUM
21. You Have the Choice
22. World of Warcraft Patch 2.1.0 Out Now
23. DigitalKatie — getting her SecondLife
24. No-Frills Videos 101
25. Scoble’s Malaise and Arrington’s Wish for a Downturn usher in a new Silicon Valley Phase
26. Being John Heinricy
27. Maker Faire Video
28. May 22nd Links: ASP.NET, Visual Studio, SIlverlight, WPF, and .NET
29. The Unblogosphere
30. How Microsoft beats Google in ad agency battle
31. 7+7 Reasons Why GOogle Buying FeedBurner is a Match Made in Heaven and Hell
32. Resource hunt heating up
33. Adobe and Microsoft’s Different Approaches to the Development Platform
34. The Future of Ask.com: Search? How About Advertising
35. The Web as Enterprise Productivity Tool
36. Kill the Cash Cow Before Your Competitors Do. Really?
37. Why I Don’t Like Video — My Brain is a Mini-Google, Yours is Too
38. Silicon Valley BUZZ Dilemma
39. GMail Attachments Double to 20MB
40. Roundups: EcoModo – The Best of TreeHugger
41. Every good domain is taken. Here’s why
42. Down and Out on the Internet
43. A community launch: Zooomr Mark III
44. Launch: Zoho Notebook beta launches
45. Maker Faire videos!
46. World Golf Tour launches, worth a round
47. The Sad State of Online Advertising
48. Five principles of blogging
49. Yet more on Panorama
50. Could Ask.com Ever Topple Google? Wait, Let Me Stop Laughing First
51. Authenticity in Social Media
52. Video search company, Blinkx, blows bubble with IPO
53. How to Get Out of Your Funk A-Listers: Stop Thinking About Money
54. Begginer’s Mind for the A List Blogger
55. Live Innovation Journalism Conference Notes: Private equity is biggest threat to journalism in Silicon Valley
56. TweetVolume Shows How Many Times Your Name is On Twitter
57. Apps I’m trying out
58. Second Brain: Organizing Your Information Chaos
59. Tribler Combines YouTube, BitTorrent, and Last.fm
60. CDN Sector Heats up with Level 3 in the Game
61. Keith Thompson: Totally Off the Grid
62. Pandora Still Hates Foreigners, But is Now on Sprint and Sonos
63. Your Invited to a Stanford symposium: How will we pay for the journalism we need?
64. Photojournalism: American Diversity Project
65. Not All Notebooks are Created Equal
66. Message to Michael: Just Say, Well, No.
67. Google Maps Mania links for 2007-05-22
68. Why Microsoft will Never Succeed In Search
69. On2 buys Finnish mobile video company
70. How to Download YouTube videos
71. Sun’s Schwartz Pledges to Use Patents to Protect Red Hat and Ubuntu
72. No more fun in the Valley
73. Another Way to Blog
74. N95 Chronicles: Real Rhapsody (almost) Rocks
75. Five crucial things the Linux community doesn’t understand about the average computer user
76. Dreamliner: Boeing 787LEGO-like Building Begins, Kicks Airbus’ Nuts
77. Watercam: Sanyo Xacti E1, World’s First Waterproof Camcorder
78. Like, Totally WIred
79. Research: Future of Online Advertising
80. Broadband Enterprises’ Digital Upfront
81. Mashup Summit

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Comments

  1. Actually, it doesn’t make me feel anything. You’re not me, you’re actually quite incapable of making me do damned near anything. If you want to wave your feed reader dick around, and use that as a substitute for real content, that is indeed your choice. But you’re the one whining that you’re in a “blogging malaise”, not me. Whatever gets you through the night and all.

    You go on with that plan of yours to get out of your funk. Seems to be working really well.

  2. Actually, it doesn’t make me feel anything. You’re not me, you’re actually quite incapable of making me do damned near anything. If you want to wave your feed reader dick around, and use that as a substitute for real content, that is indeed your choice. But you’re the one whining that you’re in a “blogging malaise”, not me. Whatever gets you through the night and all.

    You go on with that plan of yours to get out of your funk. Seems to be working really well.

  3. Did you just learn the word ‘polemic?’ Sure comes across that way.

    Andrew Keen’s book is more than just a marketing scam. If you read his blog there are very insightful posts there about how blogs and bloggers represent a dumbing down.

    Now I still blog but I appreciate the difference in viewpoints. His writing has had an impact on me – I don’t blog as much as I used to – realizing now that they are not the great solution I thought they were.

  4. Did you just learn the word ‘polemic?’ Sure comes across that way.

    Andrew Keen’s book is more than just a marketing scam. If you read his blog there are very insightful posts there about how blogs and bloggers represent a dumbing down.

    Now I still blog but I appreciate the difference in viewpoints. His writing has had an impact on me – I don’t blog as much as I used to – realizing now that they are not the great solution I thought they were.

  5. This blog used to be so interesting and thoughtprovoking, what a shame. It’s almost tragic to watch you become so lame. Looks like you didn’t really have to do anything besides blogging at Microsoft but since you joined Podtech your Blog became more and more irrelevant. Maybe you should stop blogging and concentrate on your Job, since that puts the meat on the Table and there appears to be no point in doing both.

  6. This blog used to be so interesting and thoughtprovoking, what a shame. It’s almost tragic to watch you become so lame. Looks like you didn’t really have to do anything besides blogging at Microsoft but since you joined Podtech your Blog became more and more irrelevant. Maybe you should stop blogging and concentrate on your Job, since that puts the meat on the Table and there appears to be no point in doing both.

  7. Jens: go watch my video blog. That’s where I’ve been putting my creative energy. Since leaving Microsoft I’ve interviewed a presidential candidate, more than 100 CEOs, and tons of interesting people that I never would have gotten to meet if I was still at Microsoft.

  8. Jens: go watch my video blog. That’s where I’ve been putting my creative energy. Since leaving Microsoft I’ve interviewed a presidential candidate, more than 100 CEOs, and tons of interesting people that I never would have gotten to meet if I was still at Microsoft.