A few years ago NBC had what I considered to be a brilliant ad campaign for an extended period of summer reruns. NBC's pitch was "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you." We're invariably and habitually attracted to the "new". I can put out an album and the next week be fielding questions about when my next new album is coming out.
Anyway, my point in that brief preface is to link to a 2007 video with Andrew Keen which was recorded at Google Corporate Headquarters. This speech was given the day his book The Cult of the Amateur was released. (I haven't read it yet.) He seems to be a polarizing figure, as all provocateurs have a tendency to be I suppose. But I think he sounds an important clarion call worth paying attention to.
I am not a conspiracy theorist by nature. I recognize the "man bites dog" story still garners more attention than "dog bites man". There is no shortage of news alerts that are absolutely not urgent.
But I found this "warning" worth my time. Given my recent discovery of Seth Godin (see my blogroll), I found myself wondering if they've ever had any public discussions/debates. [Stops writing, checks] ... Click HERE for an interview excerpt with Messrs. Keen and Godin.
I'm trying to find my way between mistaking time at the computer for "real work" that I need to do versus properly paying attention to the communication tools that are, literally, now the coin of the realm. Keen's talk is not on that struggle in particular, but a fascinating counterpoint to the many ways in which the internet has aided and abetted my ability to continue on (albeit quite modestly) with my life in music.