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Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship

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. Yet despite a number of insightful and timely points, I’d argue there is a fundamental flaw with the very dichotomy of the question. While Twitter can certainly be both, it’s inherently neither. And trying to classify it within one or both of these conventional checkboxes completely misses the point that we might, in fact, have to invent an entirely new checkbox. 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. And lest we forget, text itself is an invention, a technology.

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Why curation could be at the core of future reporting Credit: Thinkstock "When we look at the world of news in particular or journalism, or content creation in general, the trick is not to look at where we are, because where we are is dead already, but the trick is to look at where we are going to be in the next five years." So said video producer and journalist Michael Rosenblum, speaking at the Mobile Journalism Conference in Dublin on Friday.

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