Millions and millions of exuberant monkeys … are creating an endless digital forest of mediocrity
And that is us! according to Andrew Keen in his book titled The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture. You can read an article about it here.
In a way, Keen does make some sense. It is all to easy to copy and paste any bit of some one else’s work and make your self seem smarter than you are. Bloggers and web tabloids would probably be the main target of this tirade. And being a blogger myself, I am not really happy being referred to as a monkey, but yes, there is a lot of cut n’ paste going on. We have intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals all debating against each other through their blogs, and rarely, if ever is there a winner. And that is all because of Google. If you cannot answer a question or accusation, hell, google it. Surely someone has an answer. I for one, would love to see some bloggers face to face, and see how they stand up to a debate without their beloved search engines.
But no matter how much Keen complains, this ‘pajama army’ is here to stay. The internet is the ultimate virtual democracy. It is where everyone
can be what they are. can be what they make themselves out to be. It may not be perfect, but it’s here to stay. And it’s also the only way some of us can have our voices heard.
The pajamas are here to stay!