Friday, July 12, 2013
It's a Curation Nation - Information is Currency
University of Chicago professor and social critic Neil Postman once said, "The challenge of the 21st century is to turn information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom." This prescient analysis was an apt summation of the current state of the internet and social media. For the blogging world, this flood of information - or "content" - is the life's blood of the network.
For an excellent analysis and understanding of the world we've created - and what that might mean in a business sense - internet afficionados should read Steve Rosenbaum's inspired and insightful Curation Nation: How to Win in a World Where Consumers are Creators., available on Amazon or its own website. Rosenbaum offers a historical perspective on the entire idea of "curation," which is basically the filtering and re-packaging of all the noise out on the world wide web. Basically, what I am doing now with this entry and its inherent links is "curation" of information about curation.