Totally floored by this blog post from Ethan Zuckerman. Great stuff.
Here’s a thought on ‘curation’:
Like everyone else, order I’m experiencing a shift in how I get news about the world. In the pre-web world and early web days, no rx news of the world came primarily through curated media – broadcast television, refractionist newspapers, magazines. There were – and are – reasons to distrust curators, but there’s a critical aspect of their work I believe we need to preserve as we move towards new models for organizing news. Curators implicitly tell us what they believe we need to know about the world. High quality curators often have a broader view of the world than individuals have, and well-curated media often demands we pay attention to people, places and issues we might have otherwise ignored.
On the other hand, curators invariably have biases, and the ability to seek information that appeals to our own interests and preferences is one of the most powerful capacities the modern web has put in our hands. Search lets me learn a great deal about things I care about – sumo, African politics, Vietnamese cooking – but it’s quite possible that I miss topics that I needed to know about because I was paying more attention to my interests and less to curators. We need mechanisms to ensure that search gets complemented with serendipity.
We need mechanisms to ensure that search gets complemented with serendipity, in any specific language, not just those of the majority.