“Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy” Andrew Keen (2007). Critique This Viewpoint.

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The aim of this essay is to mainly critique the viewpoint made by Andrew Keen that “Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy.” First, the brief introduction of Andrew Keen’s book and his viewpoints will be introduced. Second, the Web 2.0 applications such as 1) Wikipedia, 2) Blog, and 3) YouTube will be brought up into the essay and discuss their pros and cons to the Internet environment. Third, Keen’s arguments about these three Web 2.0 applications will be demonstrated. Finally, the conclusion to Keen’s arguments will be concluded.

Keen’s book and his viewpoints
Andrew Keen, the author of the book “Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy.”, feels painful that digital elites overtop
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All these websites are hoping to create a greater human relations result through the link of the Internet. In the definition of Web 2.0 from Tim O'Reilly (2005), eBay, Wikipedia, YouTube, Blog, Facebook, and Skype etc. are all the creations from the new Web 2.0 generation. In this essay, the discussion will be mainly focus on 1) Wikipedia, 2) Blog, and 3) YouTube these three Web 2.0 applications in order to reflect Keen’s argument.

1) Wikipedia
Interdiction
Wikipedia is an online cyclopedia that collects from crowds’ knowledge. It allows users to create and edit its content for free on the Internet. It does not require identification or registry to the website. Everyone can just go to the edit page then easily edit the content (Lee, 2007). The credibility and accuracy are all relied on the readers and writers supervising each other. Moreover, the website has over than one thousand of Wikipedia administrators to avoid irrelevant contents or editing debates etc. Therefore, they have the right to block the articles or even stop the action of editing (website: wiki watch).

Pros and Cons
Meredith Farkas states pros and cons about Wikipedia. The advantages are easy to use, web base, anyone can make changes, findability, many free and open source, flexible and extensible (Farkas, 2006). Its disadvantages are too open, regarding to its ownership of content, vandalism and spam.

2) Blog
Interdiction
A blog is defined as a

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