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On You Are Not a Curator, You Are Actually Just a Filthy Blogger

Having witnessed the actual talk it came from, I think it’s important to point out that Jonathan Harris’s quote that has everyone so riled, “Curation is replacing creation as a mode of self-expression,” isn’t a celebration, it’s a condemnation. Beyond the semantic argument that makes up the bulk of the discussion on this page, there are wildly varying degrees of value that might be assigned to the work bloggers are doing. There is an insane amount of content at our fingertips in this day and age, and in accordance with Sturgeon’s Law, most of it is garbage. So, too, are most of the resources proliferating that content. Yes, the animated GIF reblog ouroboros that constitutes much of Tumblr is exhausting and largely unnecessary. But to find a few people who can sift through the muck and reliably point you to stuff that stimulates the senses and intellect in a valuable way is a godsend. Call them curators, scrapbookers, bloggers, pachyderms; I don’t care. I just want the good ones to keep at it. Yes, production is key, and we need producers to make the stuff we want to absorb. But you know what? Producers need distributors.

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 6:11 am 0