New technologies have made it possible for fans to interact even more with their favorite television shows and movies by compiling collections of their own and editing them to their own taste preferences. One of the most popular outlets of amateur culture is vidding , or fan-made music videos. These are some of the simplest skills to teach oneself, and arguably the most fun and entertaining. Vidding allows the author to combine TV and movie video clips with pieces of music and convey a certain idea about the original piece. Star Trek Meets Monty Python serves as an example of this; playing off of the seriousness of the Star Trek series and its similarities with the humorous narrative of Monty Python.
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An amateur , from French amateur "lover of", is generally considered a person who pursues a particular activity or field of study independently from their source of income. Amateurs and their pursuits are also described as popular, informal, self-taught, user-generated, DIY, and hobbyist. Historically, the amateur was considered to be the ideal balance between pure intent, open mind and the interest or passion for a subject. That ideology spanned many different fields of interest. It may have had its roots in the ancient Greek philosophy of having amateur athletes compete in the Olympics.
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Published by Currency , Keen's first book is a critique of the enthusiasm surrounding user generated content , peer production , and other Web 2. The book was based in part on a controversial essay Keen wrote for The Weekly Standard , criticizing Web 2. Keen argues against the idea of a read-write culture in media, stating that "most of the content being shared— no matter how many times it has been linked, cross-linked, annotated, and copied— was composed or written by someone from the sweat of their creative brow and the disciplined use of their talent.
Amateur culture is beginning to expand immensely within society; this is due to the rapid innovation of digital tools. Recording devices and public forum have combined to create a culture of production purely out of motivation to create and share. Amateur culture is not for profit, and is producing a communication medium of blogs, personal journals, videos, podcasts and all sorts of new ways to express and share. Youtube is a prime example of what amateur culture has accomplished.