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Friday 1 August 2014

Andrew Keen: If you must argue on the internet, use a little expertise...

Do you believe in God? Should we eat meat? Do you think baby boys should be circumcised? For Internet users still unsure of the answers to this type of big picture question, a promising new American website called OpposingViews.com offers a digital debating chamber for proven experts in politics, economics, culture, science and faith.

On OpposingViews, you'll find not only debaters from well-known organisations such as Amnesty International, the Sierra Club and the National Rifle Association (NRA), but also experts from less familiar authoritative bodies like the National Association of Circumcision Information (NACI).

I'm not sure if God exists and I'm certainly not going to publicly state my position on circumcision, but what I do know for sure is that this Southern Californian-based new website offers convincing proof that Web 2.0's cult of amateur content is rapidly going out of fashion.

What OpposingViews undeniably proves is that the internet's new "new thing"is expertise.

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