Our Berkeley friends have lined up an excellent Cybersalon for next Sunday. I am not sure if I can make it, but I sure will try because it is so interesting. Are the amateurs destroying "our culture"? Well, what does that mean our culture? Back in the days, did the radio destroy Symphonies? Not really, may be marginalized. On the other hand the radio has opened up classical music to the masses. Through the amateur productions like YouTube videos we may come to a better appreciation of quality. Or may be not. The folks that are on the panel have thought more about this. It is going to be interesting. Check it out.
NEW MEDIA WARS: AMATEUR VERSUS AUTEUR
5-7 p.m., Sunday, May 20
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley
$15 admission includes refreshments ($10 for seniors/students)
Author and podcaster Andrew Keen, just published a controversial book, “The Cult of the Amateur,” that argues the democratization of the Web is destroying his culture. Come find out what our distinguished panel has to say about that, and join the discussion yourself.
Andrew Keen, author, The Cult of the Amateur, and producer, AfterTV.com
Dan Gillmor, visiting professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and author, We the Media
Katie Hafner, technology reporter, the New York Times, and author of many books
Robert Scoble, producer of scobleshow.com and coauthor, Naked Conversations
For directions, see www.hillsideclub.org