Speaking of Pomos…

Here’s an excellent commentary from Clive Thompson on Charles Leadbetter’s Fast Company article Amateur Revolution, From astronomy to computing, networks of amateurs are displacing the pros and spawning some of the greatest innovations. This is pretty important stuff, I think, because it speaks of the whole cultural change about which I write. Moreover, Leadbetter also writes of the shift from the “professionals” of the 20th century, and I would include journalism.

The 20th century was marked by the rise of professionals in medicine, science, education, and politics. In one field after another, amateurs and their ramshackle organizations were driven out by people who knew what they were doing and had certificates to prove it. Now that historic shift seems to be reversing. Even as large corporations extend their reach, we’re witnessing the flowering of Pro-Am, bottom-up self-organization.

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