March 5th, 2008

Brian and Anne

Thurs 3/6 7 pm EMU: The Dangers of Wikipedia talk

YPSILANTI — Andrew Keen, the leading contemporary critic of the
Internet, will present, "The Dangers of Wikipedia," Thursday, March 6,
7 p.m., Eastern Michigan University's Student Center Ballroom A, 900
Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti. The event is free and open to the public.

Keen, author of "The Cult of the Amateur: Today's Internet is Killing
Our Culture," will speak about the "anarchism of an open-source
knowledge system" in which there is an absence of central intellectual
authorities. He believes this creates a surreal relativism in which we
have no way of determining hierarchies of knowledge.

The host of the popular Internet chat show, Keen regularly
appears on television and radio. His writing can be found on his
cultoftheamateur weblog, on ZDNet and as well as in
traditional publications like the "Weekly Standard," "Fast Company"
and "The San Francisco Chronicle."

The lecture is the third in the four-part Wikipedia Lecture Series,
sponsored by the EMU College of Arts and Sciences. For more
information on this event, or the last Wikipedia lecture, please call
EMU Campus Life, 734.487.4344.

I can't go. Please let me know if you do.