Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

A while back, I wrote on this blog about an interesting book by Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur, How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture. I agree with much of what Mr. Keen writes but ultimately disagree with his conclusions. Of course there are irresponsible, untalented and ill informed providers of content on the web, but if we intend to uphold our constitution and protect freedom of speech on the internet, we have to be savvy about separating the wheat from the chaff. As a blogger, my radar is always tuned to these issues, so naturally I gravitated towards an interview in this mornings paper with James Broderick and Darren Miller, co-authors of Web of Conspiracy: A Guide to Conspiracy Theory Sites on the Internet. Unlike Keen, these guys recognize that Web 2.0 is here to stay and seek to inform. They explore more than 20 of the most intriguing conspiracy theories, examine each theory, present the arguments, and point to the web sites that advocate, speculate, and debunk them.

Sounds interesting

  1. July 21, 2008 -

    Wonderful tie-in with Marilyn's image--excellent and thought-provoking, too.