Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship
Editor’s Note: Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits. Here, she considers how new approaches to curation are changing the way we consume and share information. Last week, Megan Garber wrote an excellent piece on whether Twitter is speech or text. I, of course, make no claim to using Twitter as it “should” be used. Twitter as discovery Like any appropriated buzzword, the term “curation” has become nearly vacant of meaning. When it comes to this curatorial, directional model of Twitter as a discovery mechanism, applying the conventions of speech or text to it is largely moot. And lest we forget, text itself is an invention, a technology. Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows is the contemporary equivalent of these Socratic fears. Directional attention So where does Twitter fit in? Curation as authorship The second issue is something I feel particularly strongly about.