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Feb. 28, 2008
CONTACT: Pam Young
pamela.young@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Author and critic of Internet to speak on dangers of Wikipedia

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 afterTV.com, Keen regularly appears on television and radio. His writing can be found on his cultoftheamateur weblog, on ZDNet and CBS.com 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.

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