I had a very interesting discussion with Liam Boogar (author, entrepreneur and musician) about the synergies between Curation and Creation.
Authors bring fresh blood to the web. They are the sources from which we all drink - without them we die. We need to respect and nurture them.
There is however a legitimate - and far from trivial - question: where does "real creation" start? I recently discussed with a famous mathematician who told me that his discovery where not pure creation but just "smart re-use" of what other had done before him. Of course he was being modest but the point is: even if you write something with your own hand and add your own spark, there is a blurred line between what you truly create and what you merely aggregate, or "curate" - consciously or not. The effort of finding relevant pre-existing works, putting them together in a context-rich perspective and passing them to a new audience is both delicate and useful; and is certainly constitutive of the act of creation.
It was really excited to meet an author who shares this view: creation and curation not only go hand in hand, but it’s even sometime difficult to tell them apart. Glad to see that the debate is still dynamic!
Via Scoop.it, Marc Rougier