This piece was brought to my attention by my friend and colleague, Doug Millison from Siliconvalleywatcher. If you're curating content, following it as it evolves or a happy consumer of content that a trusted source selected and curated for you, you may have seen the original article by Maria Popova, from brainpickings. The author of this commentary is Marco Arment who disagrees with what she said and this is just a snipit of her article. He feels there is too much "aggregation, rewriting, not giving credit to the original source, curators shouldn't be credited" and he doesn't see value in curation.
Here is the original article he is responding to curated by Robin Good along with several comments which were just as interesting. The good curators are conscientous and hard-working.
Maria is saying that when a curator spends hours looking for quality content, then adds commentary or additional context, this should be looked upon as "intellectual capital". In response to Marco Arment, A trusted curator is not looking to highjack the original content creator's article and keep them on their own site. Just the opposite, if they're doing their job properly, they should give the hightlights so the reader can scan it quickly and either click to the original source or read it later. It's almost like creating a trailer for the author and helping the reader get the main points so they can go on with their day.
Obviously, it is up those of us who are working dilligently to provide their audiences with relevant information, to continue curating, crediting and linking back to the original source.
I think this is a process and gradually people will come to see the value of what we do - hopefully the creators of original material. We are giving them exposure to new audiences, helping to take their post to another level by adding additional information, inviting comments, etc.
We are all suffering from too much content and information and it's not going to get any better. Trusted soures are helping people to navigate through the noise and this is only the beginning.
I value your comments and opinions on this topic.
Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
See original article by Maria Popova here: [http://bit.ly/xkoG9s]
Read full post responding to her piece here: [http://bit.ly/Aoey0v]