Professional writers and journalists live in a world where blogging and social media are on the rise. Non-professional contributing content have both upsides and downsides.
In the introduction to The Cult of the Amateur, Andrew writes. “In today’s self-broadcasting culture, where amateurism is celebrated and anyone with an opinion, however ill-informed, can publish a blog, post a video on YouTube, or change an entry on Wikipedia, the distinction between trained expert and uninformed amateur becomes dangerously blurred. When anonymous bloggers and videographers, unconstrained by professional standards or editorial filters, can alter the public debate and manipulate public opinion, truth becomes a commodity to be bought sold, packaged and reinvented.”