How is this different from the media landscape of today?

The Cult Of The Amateur: In his view Web 2.0 is changing the cultural landscape and not for the better. By undermining mainstream media and intellectual property rights, he says, it is creating a world in which we will “live to see the bulk of our music coming from amateur garage bands, our movies and television from glorified YouTubes, and our news made up of hyperactive celebrity gossip, served up as mere dressing for advertising.” This is what happens, he suggests, “when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets mob rule.”

Ignorance, egoism, bad taste, and mob rule have been the order of the day since at least 1945, and quite possibly longer. I don’t know what he’s complaining about.

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