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Links 1 through 8 of 8 by Paul Raven tagged amateur

"... amateurs are by definition volunteers. They choose to spend their time on what they do, and they go exactly where their passions, interests, knowledge and personality takes them--no further. If they lose interest they move on and are replaced by someone bursting with fresh energy. Self-selection ensures engagement."

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"... the newspapers are now writing the book, rather than a professional writer. The Internet, the rise of user-generated content, and the trend of “crowdsourcing” has shown that we’re all professionals now." Hmm.

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"Back in the day, videos created for the internet had a punk rock edge. Video on the net was to be the "new indie", a reinvention of television the way we want it." Not sure I buy this argument, TBH.

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The redoubtable Henry Jenkins takes a long two-sided look at the fan-fic / participatory culture debate.

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"Amateur astronomer William Bianco doesn't huddle over a backyard telescope to hunt for undiscovered planets. He logs onto his computer." Three cheers for constructively geeky pastimes!

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"In the four years since we launched CC, the Internet, and the world's understanding of the Internet, have changed dramatically. In 2002, the media was obsessed by something called 'piracy.' Today, they call it 'user-generated content.'"

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"This would be my first attempt at an ISS lunar transit after the deployment of the new solar arrays. The ISS was going to be at a range of only 260 miles." Right close to the Tycho crater, too. Good picture.

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"Astronomers using a tiny amateur-class telescope and off-the-shelf camera lenses have found a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth." w00t! Score one for the little guys.

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