Monday, September 17, 2007

Consequences of a flattening of culture


The Cult of the Amateur
Andrew Keen


On the Web, where everyone has an equal voice, the words of the wise man count for no more than the mutterings of a fool, bemoans Andrew Keen in The Cult of the Amateur ( http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/).

In support, he cites the ‘infinite monkey theorem’ of T.H. Huxley, a nineteenth-century evolutionary biologist. Huxley’s theory, as you may know, is that “if you provide infinite monkeys wit h infinite typewriters, some monkey somewhere will eventually create a masterpiece – a play by Shakespeare, a Platonic dialogue, or an economic treatise by Adam Smith.”

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