Andrew Keen says the real problem lies with YouTube, a platform without gatekeepers. The rules on the content that’s allowed on television, particularly children’s television, should extend to YouTube, which is soaking up more and more of young people’s screen time, says Keen, author of the upcoming book How to Fix the Future: Staying Human in the Digital Age.
“It’s the same old story. No curation, no mediation, no taste, no boundaries. All clicks,” says Keen. “How many times does this need to happen?”
While I have similar concerns I do not advocate heavy handed, top down, centralized content control nor censorship programs; Keen thinks user generated content is evil. I do advocate that information consumers turn off the spigot and take charge over what they subject themselves to each day.