The Curators and the Curated

A great panel @ SxSWi 2012

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  1. We had a great panel in Austin yesterday with Maria Popova (BrainPickings), David Carr (the New York Times), Mia Quagliarello (Flipboard) and Noah Brier (Percolate). Moderated by Max Linsky (longform.org)
  2. The panel started by a classic attempt to better define curation, particularly versus aggregation, a word that has scared traditional media, represented by David Carr.
  3. Which lead to talking about the ethics of curation, a topic that was nicely covered by Margot Bloomstein last year at SxSWi too: 
  4. It is something Maria feels strongly about as she just proposed a curation code to recognize authorship in the act of curation:
  5. The the debate moved to the potentially controversial part:how do the media feel about being curated? Some expected a fight but it was a constructive debate:
  6. David Carr couldn't help being a bit sarcastic but was also positive and recognized the value of curation:
  7. But he also pointed out that in the process of creating beautiful content pieces, Apps like Flipboard or LongForm stripped original content from its business model: Ads.
  8. The question is around sustainability of the model.
  9. To which Flipboard answers that they're working on such a model to conciliate beautiful content and beautiful ads. Maria Popova also points out that curation can be sold, though scalability of such a model is questionned.

    I think in the end, the key take-away is the value of curation, a very human act, amplified by technology - as Marie points out - but pre-existing as Jeff Jarvis also remarked in the previous tweet. A value that resides in discovery and serendipity:
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