by Andrew Keen
The Internet is increasingly portrayed as an instrument of consumer power, giving them enormous rights in terms of accessing content, mostly for free, often illegally. But have we inadvertently created a "cult of the consumer" in which the rights of a professional creative class have been disregarded? If the Internet is to mature as a viable media platform for paid content, do we need to calibrate our values and assumptions so that the rights of professional creators are held in as much regard as the rights of consumers?
11th–15th March 2011