Return of the amateur

From Dan Gillmor’s weblog: In a recent book proposal, I said that one of the main implications of the growing global network will be the return of the “gifted amateur — the person who creates art for the sheer love of it.” Actually, the gifted amateurs do more than create art in our world. They are also the true believers in politics and other fields. They do things because they care. We need them, and the Net gives them a megaphone the likes of which they haven’t had had before. [Dan Gillmor’s eJournal]

There’s a remarkable number of commentators coalescing around the importance of what Dan term’s “gifted” amateurs. Maybe there’s hope in the war against dry professionalism.

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