Andrew Keen is a British born entrepreneur and author. His book The Cult of the Amateur sets out his views of user-generated content websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia. Keen’s view is that by worshiping the amateur individual – bedroom filmmaker or prolific blogger, part time Flickr photographer or war tourist tweeter – we’re losing sight of carefully considered media production techniques that have evolved over decades, along with the intelligent professionals who operate in far flung places to bring us the news. Keen reckons Wikipedia is the online home of inaccuracy and crowd sourced content can never be as reliable as pre-digital information channels. He argues fluently for media literacy, challenging the mantra of the digital generation, the user is not king.
Andrew keen has a very interesting take on social media that is worth watching.