Chapter 6 is called “moral disorder”.  Keen begins the chapter by discussing the issue of illegally downloading music.  He talks about how when this became possible many people doing it “didn’t realize” that it was illegal.  They thought that it was okay and didn’t question it.  It has become so common place that even the most law abiding citizen can do it without thinking twice.  This illegal downloading problem now goes beyond a few songs.  People steal letters, pictures, videos, research projects and many other things that are on the internet.  More and more students use information found on the internet to cheat their way through school.  In 2005, 70% of college students admitted to cheating and 77% didn’t think that plagiarism was a problem.  

Keen mentions Lawrence Lessig’s ideas about internet sharing being a social benefit, and how he wants to replace read-only culture with a write-only culture.  He says that Lessig does not recognize that whatever is on the internet was created by someone with their own creativity and talent.  He argues that stealing other’s work is not just illegal, but immoral, shoplifters don’t steal in front of shop owners.  

Keen also talks about the culture of online gambling.  He talks about how easy it is to rack up thousands of dollars in debt in just days.  It is like an online Las Vegas where you can bet 24/7.  In 2005 1.2 million people under 22 were gambling online regularly.  People become so addicted that they spend all of their time on these sites.  There is so much easy access to internet on college campuses that students can gamble in class.  While online gambling is illegal in the United States, not a single online site was indicted until 2006.  Keen also mentions how addicted people become to online dating websites.  Another is online multi-player games where users can creates characters and engage in any kind of real life activity online including creating families and buying homes.  

Keen concludes that we are entering a very dangerously addicting internet culture.  That children are becoming more exposed to real world violence and less able to communicate.  The internet allows us to be deviant and destructive without seeing the effect it has.  

 Keen, A. (2007). The cult of the amateur: How today’s internet is killing our culture. (pp. 141-163). New York: Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group. 

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