[Italian abstract: una lunga e interessante discussione tra Keen e Weinberger sul talento e sul web 2.0. ]
A long article, a long discussion: Keen vs. Weinberger on The Wall Street Journal. Andrew Keen, the author of The cult of amateur, kindly discuss with David Weinberger, author of Everything is miscellanous. Keen thinks that the web (and the web 2.0) are destroying our culture. Our culture is based on the filter of big media, the web allows everyone to write or sing or paint and share everything with everyone. I agree that some issues are worth a discussione, but my opinion is that Keen is acting as a troll (in the best meaning). The issues I’d like to deepen are related to the price of talent: if I can find a lot of stuff (bad, good) on the web, why should I pay for something produced by a professional artists? In this way, artists won’t be able to survive. More: a product such as a cd, a movie or a book is the result of the job of many people.
Weinberger reply to every point. He has some answer and lot of questions (that’s why I prefer his view). Maybe a bit idealistic, as I found his first book (Small pieces). He is nowadays the guy that understand the net.