Digital Vertigo by Andrew Keen


8 Critic Reviews

Occasionally insightful but tiresome and scattershot.


"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media. As an avowed technology optimist, I'm grateful for Keen who makes me stop and think before committing myself fully to the social revolution." —Larry Downes, author of The Killer App

In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.


About Andrew Keen

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ANDREW KEEN, author of The Cult of the Amateur, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writings on culture, media, and technology have appeared in The Weekly Standard, Fast Company, The San Francisco Chronicle, Listener, and Jazziz. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 7


Below average
Apr 15 2012

Occasionally insightful but tiresome and scattershot.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Luke Allnut on May 30 2012

The book suffers from the same failing as many books on the Internet: a selective use of studies and anecdotal evidence to bolster its arguments.

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Reviewed by Ryan Holiday on May 23 2012

This time his criticism is more dire, more urgent... Keen has an alarming history of being spot on.

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Reviewed by Jaime Weinman on Aug 10 2012

And he sometimes turns things into threats to privacy whether they really are or not...

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The Australian

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Reviewed by Andrew McMillen on Jul 07 2012

What could have been an original tech-dissident's tale from the belly of the never sleeping beast is instead convoluted and messy.

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Times Higher Education

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Reviewed by Henry Farrell on Jul 26 2012

I have no doubt that Andrew Keen is an intelligent human being, but his book is lazy and intellectually incoherent.

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Las Vegas Weekly

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Reviewed by Rick Lax on Jun 27 2012

And yet Keen loses, by making melodramatic overstatements... disrespecting his colleagues and combining quotes from smart people in an attempt to sound smart himself.

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The Kernel

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Reviewed by Jeremy Wilson on Jul 10 2012

If anything lets the book down, it is Keen’s tendency to strain at metaphors and occasionally allow his own narrative to get bogged down with citations of other journalists and academics.

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