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Internet entrepreneur and author Andrew Keen has a new book called The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture.He argues that "what the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment." And, he warns, we will "live to see the bulk of our music coming from amateur garage bands, our movies and television from glorified YouTubes, and our news made up of hyperactive celebrity gossip, served up as mere dressing for advertising."We're no fans of the state of news, but we tend to think that the internet has been great for music. As radio loses its stranglehold on the medium, quality music can find an audience.One thing's for sure: Today's Internet, Good and Bad: It's A Pretty Nuanced Issue is a title that would not sell as many books.Michiko Kakutani's review.