David Weinberger has a shadow, and its name is Andrew Keen. Keen on his shadowy characteristics of Mr. Weinberger:
We have both written polemics about the future of information, mine a modernist defense of ontological order, his a postmodern embrace of ontological disorder. Our books came out within a week of the other. We are each other’s shadow, covering the same ground, perplexed by the same dilemmas, struggling to interpret the same riddle about taxonomies of knowledge in the digital economy. We even work in the same place — he in Cambridge (the Berkeley of the East Coast), me in Berkeley (the Cambridge of the West Coast).
Keen is an internet skeptic, or, he doesn’t believe the internet is democratic, that it will free knowledge from the limitations of paper (as Weinberger claims), or that it will allow us to realize our humanity. He has written a book about his ideas, of course: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy.
Damn, another book I have to read. Oh well, at least it will bring balance to my current knowledge about how the internet may change how the world works. I really look forward to it, particularly given my problems with several of Weinberger’s arguments and ideas (see, for example, my discussion of Weinberger’s ideas on knowledge, and, more generally, my review of his book).