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The Internet Hasn’t Killed Culture Yet

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Yahoo Publishing Network blog editor Michael Mattis had some choice words for author Andrew Keen, who decried the modern day Internet’s impact on culture.

The Internet Hasn't Killed Culture Yet
The Internet Hasn’t Killed Culture Yet

Mattis opened up his rebuttal of Keen’s book, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture, by citing the demonization of television way back in 1961 by then-FCC head Newton Minow, who likened a day of television from sign-on to sign-off as a “vast wasteland.”

(Aside to our younger readers: once upon a time, TV stations did not broadcast 24 hours a day. Instead of informercials at 3 am, you’d see the American flag waving on the screen.)

Keen’s assessment of the Internet follows Minow’s thought. Mattis thinks of Keen’s book as a polemic that misses out on a number of instances where the Web supports culture rather than impeding it.

Such missives are best when they include a zinging personal attack, and Mattis delivered one:

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The Internet Hasn’t Killed Culture Yet
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