Our earliest record of the word's literal sense comes from a source. These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amateur. Send us feedback. French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love. See more words from the same year. More Definitions for amateur.
The Cult of the Amateur
The Cult of the Amateur - Andrew Keen - Books - Review - The New York Times
There are plenty of mistakes and misdeeds for which Tiger Woods can be blamed or held responsible. At 24, the whole world was still in front of him. Or think maybe it will shed light into the nightmare their life has become. But there is no cure for their grief, no easy answers to all of their agonizing questions.
Edward Klein’s Invective-Laden Obama Book
Skip to Content. Get age-based picks. Movie explores themes such as the oversized influence of money and endorsements in sports, whether or not student athletes should be paid, especially when talented "star" athletes help bring in millions of dollars to their school and school's athletic programs, and the long-term consequences of concussions in sports. Terron, an immensely talented basketball player at 14, keeps his integrity in the face of questionable ethics from his father as well as his coach, the hazing of jealous teammates, and the pressure to win on the court.
Bloggers are notoriously touchy so it's unlikely they'll respond with restraint to the comparison that opens Andrew Keen's polemic. Adapting the 'infinite monkey theorem', Keen, a British media commentator based in California, updates the typewriting primates to internet users. These 'monkeys' are not producing Shakespeare, they're deluging us with 'everything from uninformed political commentary, to unseemly home videos, to embarrassingly amateurish music, to unreadable poems, reviews, essays, and novels'. It's not a fashionable statement in this super-connected Web 2. We are in thrall to Google and Wikipedia, addicted to Facebook and YouTube, but Keen, who was a bright-eyed Silicon Valley prospector before the dotcom crash, is making no apologies for his loss of faith.