Chris Anderson and Andrew Keen on Web 2.0

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p. Songwriter, author, A-List marketing blogger and personal friend “Fred Leo”:http://www.freelancefred.com/blog/ has “posted a tidbit”:http://beanstalktalk.com/beanblog/ pointing me to a fascinating “Q & A article”:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/10/15/BUG4KLP3CL1.DTL. Come on inside and I’ll give you the details and relevant links.

p. For those of you not in The Valley area and who do not get the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, you may have missed a fascinating article interviewing Chris Anderson and Andrew Keen starting on page D-1. Thankfully, sfgate.com has re-published it for us.

p. Chris Anderson is the author of “The Long Tail”, the editor of Wired magazine, and a keynote speaker at this year’s “ZendCon”:http://www.zendcon.com. Andrew Keen is a Web entrepreneur and author of the book “The Cult of the Amateur”:http://www.amazon.com/Cult-Amateur-networking-assaulting-economy/dp/0385520808/sr=8-1/qid=1161008735/ref=sr_1_1/104-3004796-3584761?ie=UTF8&s=books

p. Together they discuss how the web, under the moniker of Web 2.0, is changing our culture for better or for worse. Here’s the obligatory pull-quote to wet your appetite.

bq. The Internet has become a wildly optimistic and democratic medium, rife with community-based sites that draw millions of fans and disrupt scores of industries.

bq. Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook encourage community, friendship and sharing. News aggregators like Digg.com let readers choose the best stories of the day. Citizen journalists and bloggers pursue their own stories and disseminate them for free on the Internet, bypassing the mainstream media altogether.

bq. Dubbed Web 2.0, among other things, this new Internet has captured the attention of Wall Street and Main Street alike, witnessed by the billions spent on companies such as MySpace and by the millions of users who visit those sites religiously. Just last week, the video sharing site YouTube was snapped up by Google for $1.65 billion, sparking talk of a new bubble.

bq. How is this new environment affecting us? What is it doing to the flow of information? And the creation of art? How is it changing our culture?

p. Even though it was edited for clarity and length, it’s still a long article. However, it’s well worth the read for anyone interested in technology and culture.

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