New Style Curators
Last year, the New York Times proclaimed, “The Word 'Curate' No Longer Belongs to the Museum Crowd.” This panel, organized by Joanne McNeil, takes a look at “curation” online and how the word applies to social media and internet use. New-media companies sometimes hire “curators” to filter the web for specialized information and data. But missing from this analogy is the importance of context and preservation. Are we all curators of the web? How are sites like Tumblr and Delicious contributing to this trend? Does the internet even need curation? What can social media learn from the art world? More importantly, with everyone busy curating, who is making the original content online?