Week 1: Aggregation

18 Jan

If curation and attribution had a baby, they would name it aggregation.

With today’s fast-paced, high-tech society, learning information quickly is  a priority. Rosenbaum reports that nearly half of a the Digital Lifestyle Survey’s respondents are connected to the Internet every minute they are awake. This survey was conducted long before the public could simply ask the iPhone 4S’ Siri for the day’s news.

As the evolution of the journalist would have it, a new role arose: the curator. Sternberg best sums up curation as “the organizing of information filed by reporters into a deliverable packages for readers.” One cannot help but think this sounds much like what an editor does.

However, Mindy McAdams helps to dispel this train of thought by going into detail about what else a curator must do. Much like a museum curator, a curator in the journalism world must choose which stories best represent the news, be an expert of the topic being discussed and update one’s audience with any new information that is available.

With all this curating happening, issues of attribution have arose. The Huffington Post has been accused of simply stealing stories from the Miami Herald, but the newspaper attributes (sans links) on a regular basis, according to Munzenreider.

This shows that, much like evolution itself is debated, one will always question the ethics of curation.

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