Andrew Keen is currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast. He is also the host of a long-running show on TechCrunch, a columnist for CNN, and a regular commentator on all things digital. He is the author of the international sensation The Cult of the Amateur, which has been published in seventeen languages.
He will be discussing the subject of his recently released book The Internet Is Not the Answer with bestselling author Robin Sloan at City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M. Our event coordinator, Peter Maravelis, posed a few questions to him recently.
City Lights: I am often struck by the degree of orthodoxy that comes through the rhetoric Internet pundits and tech industry spokespeople use these days. For a self-professed forward-looking industry, pummeling us with claims of innovation, the program more closely resembles an unholy marriage between the Borg and Werner Erhrdt’s EST. Was it difficult not to laugh at the structural hypocrisy ingrained in Internet culture while doing your research?