Accessibility Vs. Access: The Filter Bubble And Human Information Curation | Maria Popova On Nieman Lab
Via Scoop.it – Infotention
Human-driven information curation is the antidote to this algorithmic disconnect between access and accessibility: The primary purpose of an editor [is] to extend the horizon of what people are interested in and what people know.
Giving people what they think they want is easy, but it’s also not very satisfying: the same stuff, over and over again. Great editors are like great matchmakers: they introduce people to whole new ways of thinking, and they fall in love.
And this is what I believe: Information curators are that necessary cross-pollinator between accessibility and access, between availability and actionability, guiding people to smart, interesting, culturally relevant content that “rots away” in some digital archive, just like its analog versions used to in basement of some library or museum or university.
Because here’s the thing: Knowledge is not a lean-back process; it’s a lean-forward activity. Just because public domain content is online and indexed, doesn’t mean that those outside the small self-selected group of scholars already interested in it will ever discover it and engage in it….. [read full great article http://j.mp/qmo9gW]
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