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About All Those Comments On “The Cult Of The Amateur”

Michael S. Hart
Internet User ~100
Definitely Amateur
Inventor of eBooks
Project Gutenberg,
& World eBook Fair

Only Professionals Should Be Trusted

That’s the main message of “The Cult Of The Amateur.”

Of course, as soon as one even looks at the structure of this thought it becomes obviously a circular point in an argument whose logic is from the circular file.

The author wants us only to pay attention only to him and his cohorts. . .if he were in a different field a similar argument would be coming from him concerning, and recommending trusting, only members of that field to which his success belongs.

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The Cult of the Amateur – Part IV

A reply to the complaints of the paid professional punditry on the subject of having lost their previously impermeable media monopoly they are just now only realizing hit an immoveable iceberg quite a while ago with the Internet, cell phone, and iPod revolutions.

The Media. . .versus. . .The Media???

Would a television executive rather lose hundreds of millions not made because he failed to green light a show that would have been a smash hit rather than be proven wrong in his choice?

This question is actually being played out as we speak, via a new phenomenon that is reviving dead pilots for TV shows, and putting them on the Internet to try for an audience the television owners were unwilling to court in the first place.

At first this seemed like a win-win scenario, as the TV producers could make some serious money on shows that would otherwise rust, collect dust, etc., stashed away in some forgotten storehouse.

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The Cult of the Amateur – Part III

A reply to the complaints of the paid professional punditry on the subject of having lost their previously impermeable media monopoly they are just now only realizing hit an immoveable iceberg quite a while ago with the Internet, cell phone, and iPod revolutions.

The Structure of the Professional Versus Amateur World Systems

The Structure of the professional societies, associations, and an assortment of all other professional groups dates back to feudal, Dark Age times, in which everyone had their place and knew it and stayed in that place under threat of severe penalties.

In this system grew the guilds, legal associations of skilled and trained artisans, craftsmen, etc., from The Stationers Guild, who controlled nearly all the written records, to a wide variety of a number of guilds for various crafts in the making of goods of all sorts from leather, wood, metal, etc.

The guilds were an incredibly “insider” system of operation, with years and years of apprenticeship at a subsistence pay level, and then more years and years at the journeyman level, before members were finally allowed to hang out their own shingle and set up the shop of their dreams they had been working towards for decades.

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The Cult of the Amateur – Part II

Scientists versus The Media

A second essay on “The Cult of the Amateur” concentrating on some aspects of professional scientists versus amateurs.

The Three Greatest Scientific Thinkers of the Last Millennium

When it comes to science names such as Einstein, Newton, Galileo, stand out above all the rest when it comes to understanding those scientific aspects of the universe around us.

However, the world did not accept these as scientists at the time when they focused their imagination on things the rest of world’s experts would sooner have left unexplored.

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The Cult of the Amateur – Part I

A reply to the complaints of the paid professional punditry on the subject of having lost their previously impermeable media monopoly they are just now only realizing hit an immoveable iceberg quite a while ago with the Internet, cell phone, and iPod revolutions.

by Michael S. Hart
Internet User #199
Founding Member of
Project Gutenberg,
World eBook Fair &
General Cyberspace

“And The Band Played On. . . .”

The Titanics of world media crashed, full speed ahead, into these new media options years ago. . .and. . .

These people STILL don’t realize that half of the world population that will ever buy cell phones already have done so; nor are their realizations of the world view in touch with the effects of such a change from one-way media to two-way media, but are still in shock that the Internet provided media coverage to bloggers that toppled “The Great and Powerful Oz” in the form of Dan Rather, while their news reports tried and failed, to make a fake story about toppling the statue of Saddam Hussein.

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