Andrew Keen (born 1960 [2] ) is a British-American entrepreneur and author. He is PARTICULARLY Known For His view que le current Internet culture and the Web 2.0trend May be debasing culture, an opinion he shares with Jaron Lanier and Nicholas G. Carr Among Others. Keen knowledge of the Internet and the Internet.


Keen was born in Hampstead , North London, to a Jewish family. [3] He attended the University of London , studying History under Hugh Seton-Watson , a British historian and political scientist. [4] Keen earned a bachelor’s degree in history and then studied at the University of Sarajevo in Yugoslavia. Having been influenced by Josef Škvorecký , Danilo Kiš , Jaroslav Hašek and especially the writings of Franz Kafka ; [4] Keen relocated to America, where he earned a master ‘ S degree in political sciencefrom the University of California, Berkeley , studying under Ken Jowitt . After Berkeley, Keen taught modern history and politics at Tufts University , Northeastern Universityand the University of Massachusetts Amherst . He currently lives in Berkeley , California with his family. [5] He currently lives in Berkeley , California with his family. [5] He currently lives in Berkeley , California with his family. [5]


Keen returned to Silicon Valley in 1995 and founded, [4] which received funding from Intel and SAP . The firm folded in April 2000 and after the demise of, Keen worked at various technology companies including Pulse 3D, SLO Media, Santa Cruz Networks, Jazziz Digital and Pure Depth. [4] Keen stated in October, 2007, that he is working on his new book, tentatively titled, Star Wars 2.0 . [6]

Criticism of Web 2.0

In 2005, Keen wrote that Web 2.0 is a “great utopian movement” similar to ” communist society ” as described by Karl Marx . He states:

It worships the creative amateur: the self-taught filmmaker, the dorm-room musician, the unpublished writer. It suggests that everyone – even the most poorly educated and inarticulate amongst us – can and should use digital media to express and realize themselves. Web 2.0 “empowers” our creativity, it “democratizes” media, it “levels the playing field” between experts and amateurs. The enemy of Web 2.0 is “elitist” traditional media. [7]

– Andrew Keen, The Weekly Standard

On 5 June 2007, Keen released his first book The Cult of the Amateur , published by Doubleday Currency , [8] and gave a talk at Google the same day. [9] The book is critical of free, user-generated content websites Such As Wikipedia, YouTube, Digg , Reddit and many others. He prominently featured in the 2008 Dutch documentary The Truth According to Wikipedia and was also featured in the 2010 American documentary Truth in Numbers? .

Andrew Keen in San Francisco in 2012

Keen stresses the importance of media literacy and claims that user generated media, media and other media outlets. [10] Pointing to examples like being reliable to gather teams together, travel to dangerous locations (sometimes spending years in the area) and HAVING skilled and Experienced editors Oversee the process, [8] Keen forecasts That if the current Web 2.0 mentality-where , Or any other business that may be of interest to you. [11]

Keen discusses often-overlooked problems with participatory technology. He describes the Internet in amoral terms, saying it is a mirror of our culture. “We see irreverence, and vitality, and excitement.” We also see, I think, many of the worst developments in modern cultural life, and, in particular, I think we see what I call digital narcissism , Embrace of the self. “It’s Time magazine’s person for the year for last year was you.” [12] Keen is also heavily critical of anonymity on the Internet, believing that it makes us behave worse, not better. He says: “The Web’s cherished anonymity can be a weapon as well as a shield.” [13] Showing that misbehavior using anonymity has been so widely adopted,

Criticism of social exhibitionism

In the book Digital Vertigo , Keen argues that the “hypervisibility” promoted by social networks like Facebook and Twitter traps us into sacrificing vitally important parts of the human experience, like privacy and solitude. He COMPARATIVE the experience of modern participante in social networks with Jeremy Bentham ‘s Panopticon , Concluding That: “The future shoulds be anything social purpose.” [14]

He is not without his critics. Tim O’Reilly has said: “he was just pure and simple looking for an angle, to create some controversy to sell a book, I do not think there’s any substance whatever to his rants.” [15]


  1. Jump up^ “Karlsruhe Dialogues 2011” . zak.kit.ed . Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) . Retrieved 24 August 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ Saracevic, Alan T. (15 October 2006). Debate 2.0 / Weighing the merits of the new Webocracy. San Francisco Chronicle(“Age: 46”)
  3. Jump up^ “Q & A with Andrew Keen” . C-Span. January 15, 2015 . Retrieved 29 April 2015 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:d Keen, Andrew. “Keen on Keen” . . Archived from the original on 28 February 2006 . Retrieved 24 August 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ Balicki, Robert (21 February 2007). “Berkeley Blogging” . The Daily Californian . Archived from the original on 16 March 2012 . Retrieved 24 August 2011 .
  6. Jump up^ “Andrew Keen” . Archived from the original on 21 December 2007 . Retrieved 3 January 2008 .
  7. Jump up^ Keen, Andrew. (February 14, 2006). Web 2.0; The second generation of the Internet has arrived. It’s worse than you think.The Weekly Standard .
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Keen, Andrew (2007). The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture . America: Crown Business, Doubleday, Random House. pp. 256 pages. ISBN  0-385-52080-8.
  9. Jump up^ Authors @ Google: Andrew Keen ‘s channelisYouTube
  10. Jump up^ Keen, Andrew (2007). The Cult of the Amateur: how blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today’s user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture and our values . New York: Doubleday. p. 27. ISBN  978-0-385-52081-2 .
  11. Jump up^ Andrew Keen (5 Jun 2007). Authors @ Google: Andrew Keen(SWF / FLV / Flash / h.264) ((Videotaped)). Google Headquarters in Mountain View: Google. Event occurs at 50:00. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011 . Retrieved 24 August 2011 .
  12. Jump up^ New Book Looks at the Internet’s Impact on American Life,PBS NewsHour .
  13. Jump up^ Keen, Andrew (2007). The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture . Crown Business, Doubleday, Random House. pp. 70-75. ISBN  0-385-52080-8 .
  14. Jump up^ Keen,Digital Vertigopage 193
  15. Jump up^ Tim O’Reilly (7 Apr 2008). The Truth According to the Wikipedia (SWF / FLV / Flash / h.264) ((Documentary)). VPROinternational. Event occurs at 38:30 . Retrieved 24 August2011 .

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