About Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. He is currently editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets a million visits per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling "New Rules for the New Economy," and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, "Out of Control."

The Mega-Question of the Coming Centuries

By June 1, 2007

From: Kevin Kelly To: Andrew Keen Subject: The Holy 1% Andrew, You ask: “Have we changed the original question? Now it’s not whether we can save the Internet, but rather whether the Internet can save us.” Not me! You shifted … Read More

The Internet is 90% Amateur Crap

The Internet is 90% Amateur Crap
By May 31, 2007

This is the sixth email in an eight-email debate between Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine, and Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur. Here, Kelly argues that the unapologetic amateurism of online culture is precisely what will … Read More

Analog Fundamentalism, Digital Ambiguity

Analog Fundamentalism, Digital Ambiguity
By May 30, 2007

From: Kevin Kelly To: Andrew Keen Subject: Absolutism amidst ambiguity Andrew, I’d hate this discussion to get bogged down in the gritty particulars of music copyright. It’s a very well-worn topic, and, like the abortion debate, there seems to be … Read More

The Cult of Anonymity

The Cult of Anonymity
By May 29, 2007

From: Kevin Kelly To: Andrew Keen Subject: Social contracts vs. digital code Let’s begin where we agree. You say: “We must resist the siren song of anonymity—perhaps the greatest of all digital curses.” I agree. I summarized my argument against … Read More