Curation is Creation

By Colin Wright

The internet, at times, can seem like a desolate wasteland, stripped of enriching goodness and poisoned with the radioactive fallout of YouTube video commentary and page after page (after page) of adorable cat photos.

It wasn’t always like this, it’s said. Once, the web was a playground for the vox populi. A place where intellectuals posited grand theorems, and children could expand their horizons by seeing the world beyond their own backyard. Beyond their school grounds. Beyond what they thought possible.

I would argue it has always been essentially like it is now, and that the net isn’t as bad as it’s often made out to be.

Yes, it does provide fertile ground for some of the most mind-numbingly dumb ideas in the world, and yes, there are a frankly alarming number of adorable cat photos (not to mention baby sloths and musk oxen). But amidst all the cute and stupid, there’s also plenty of amazing, unique, novel, and mind-blowing media and messages to be discovered.

There is, in other words, wheat amongst the chaff, and the real problem is not that there’s nothing of value to discover, it’s that the signal to noise ratio is so extreme, discovering what you want can be incredibly difficult.

This is where curation comes into play.

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Publication Date: February 2, 2014
Genre: Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-938793-45-5
eISBN: 978-1-938793-44-8
Pages: 79