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The great internet swindle: ever get the feeling you've been cheated? | Technology | The Guardian
Not much on social media is truly social, he argues. “We personalise,” he says. “So, you know, it’s kind of social, but in a very personalised way … One of the most troubling things for me about social media is the lack of diversity. It’s like going to some expensive US college. You only meet people like yourself.” Then there’s the whole privacy issue: “The internet is becoming structurally parochial, like a village. So not only does everyone from the NSA to the big internet companies know pretty much everything there is to know about us, but we’re all clustering in these tighter and tighter little ideological and cultural networks. There’s no serendipity, no stumbling upon random people or random ideas. Everything is pre-ordained; you’re served with what they know will suit you.”
internet  technology  politics  labour  capitalism  sharingeconomy  andrewkeen 
february 2015 by timcowlishaw
Andrew Keen: Society isn't a startup and sharing's not caring (Wired UK)
given that the internet is becoming the connective tissue of 21st-century life, the future -- our future, yours and mine and everyone else's on the ubiquitous network -- would, therefore, be, you guessed it, social. But the truth, the reality of social media, is an architecture of human isolation rather than one of community.
socialmedia  andrewkeen  dystopia  curmudgeonlit  virtualcommunity  community  networksociety  users  from delicious
december 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Interview With Andrew Keen, Author of The Cult Of The Amateur | Blogcritics
Andrew: I didn’t visit Newsvine, but I did look at Reddit, which is particularly inane and dangerous.
andrewkeen  cybera  internet  blogcritics 
november 2013 by mikerugnetta
Remix Culture is a Myth | Savage Minds
“remix is a myth. Talk to the ISPs. 99% of illegal content is downloaded for consumption only. Barely anyone is remixing illegally.
remixculture  andrewkeen  adamfish  savageminds  remix  toread 
july 2011 by lofting
Network Society as ‘high decadence’ | Beyond The Beyond
"*Now that we’ve actually got a network society, we’re gonna see a lot of harrowing-critical-reassessment material of this kind. Mostly because we’re not happier for it and the general situation stinks.

*Nicholas Carr, Jaron Lanier, Andrew Keen, these guys were like the first robins in spring. Note that this kind of criticism is NOT the same as those who opposed digitalization in the first place; this isn’t Luddism, it’s retrospective in tone. “Look what has been lost. We don’t think the same, our capacity to act is diminished, we are reduced to components and gadgets, those in power over us lack accountability,” etc etc. In Gothic High-Tech, awe at the sublime power of Moore’s Law machinery is replaced by a perception that public life is febrile, rotten, fraudulent and decadent."
networksociety  web  brucesterling  internet  adamcurtis  allwathedoverbymachinesoflovinggrace  documentary  jaronlanier  nicholascarr  andrewkeen  luddism  gothichightech  society  technology  culture  politics  hierarchy  networks  networkculture  well-being  machineslavery  machines  ideology  systems  systemsthinking  social  from delicious
may 2011 by robertogreco
Your Life Torn Open, essay 1: Sharing is a trap (Wired UK)
Yet nobody in the industrial era actually wanted to become artefacts in this collective exhibition. The great critics of mass society -- from John Stuart Mill, Warren and Brandeis to George Orwell, Franz Kafka and Michel Foucault -- tried to shield individual privacy from the panopticon's always-on gaze. As Foucault warned, "visibility is a trap." So, from Mill's solitary free thinker in On Liberty to Josef K in The Trial and Winston Smith in 1984, the hero of the mass industrial age is the individual who takes pleasure in his own invisibility, who turns his back on the camera, who -- in the timeless defence of privacy from Warren and Brandeis -- just wants to be "let alone".
andrewkeen  privacy  participatorypanopticon  panopticon 
february 2011 by lofting
Stowe Boyd — The War On Flow
"So, it’s a culture war, and Brooks joins Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, and a long list of others who say that what we are doing on the web is immoral, illegitimate, and immature. They are threatened by the change in values that seems to accompany deep involvement in web culture, a change that diminishes much of what Brooks holds up for our regard in his piece. I don’t mean the specific authors he may have been alluding to — although he names none but Carr — but rather a supposed hierarchical structure of western culture, which is reflected in the literary niche is supports.
books  culture  flow  literacy  reading  web  internet  elitism  hierarchy  davidbrooks  stoweboyd  nicholascarr  andrewkeen  multitasking  online 
july 2010 by robertogreco

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