Quoting Cluetrain and later Orwell, Andrew Keen writes,
“But the real consequence â€“ unintended or otherwise â€“ of Silicon Valleyâ€™s â€œparticipatoryâ€ media revolution is a culture of digital narcissicism in which our most meaningful cultural reference is ourself. Today, on the tenth anniversary of the blog, media is turning into a mirror. Everywhere we look, we are faced with 70 million versions of ourselves: our own electronic diaries, our own half-informed opinions, our own stupidity and ignorance. This antisocial outcome of the social software revolution will be the reverse of the nightmare in George Orwellâ€™s dystopian Nineteen Eighty-four. Big Brother â€” what Silicon Valley idealists eulogize as â€œcitizen mediaâ€ â€” is turning out to be ourselves.”
Andrew is the author of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture
See Laurence Lessig’s REVIEW of Keen.