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In Andrew Keen’s book The Cult of the Amateur, we find that on page 15 he believes the internet now responds to

“the law of digital Darwinisim, the survival of the loudest and most opinionated. Under these rules, the only way to intellectually prevail is by infinite fillibustering.”

First off, Keen is concerned that we are descending down into a pit of cocophony in which only the super opinonated people “prevail intellectually.”  This is absurd.

Yes, the net is full of ridiculous youtube videos and blogposts. But are those posts no more than what we experience in everyday life? These people are the same ones we have dealt with for years. The socially inept, the  class clowns, the loudmouths. They always did something crazy either to make you laugh or to be contradictory just because that was their personality. And yet we all know them. It’s all talk with nothing backing them up, which is another point Andrew Keen makes. He states that

“What the Web 2.0 revloution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgement.”

We can see that Web 2.0 has simply heightened the typical antics that these attention seekers posess to a new level. Yes, some may become a web superstar because of it, and some may benefit financially, but these people are certainly not “prevailing intellectually.” Many are being lost in the vast chasm of the web.

In order to succeed you must have a creative edge to an idea and you have to know what you’re talking about. The same basics apply to Web 2.0. People are transitioning from the physical or “real” world and translating it into symbols and circuits in order to move us to the virtual world.

This can simply be proven by typing in “top 10 blogs” on your favorite search engine. Instantly you get a list of 10 blogs that mainly focus upon some sort of issue that is highly present in today’s culture. Let’s take Avinash Kaushik’s blog. It was the #1 Web Analytics blog. Reading through it you can clearly see that this man is not being absurd. He has a solid thought process and is putting out creative ways in order to market blogs. Obviously his blog has helped humanity due to his success.

We can clearly see that Keen’s digital Darwinism only applies to a small portion of succesful internet viewers and that there is plenty of deep analysis out on the web. It’s how we respond to the information we’re seeing that determines if there is considered judgment or simply shrill opinion.