Mass curation is not curation

Ultra-super-mega round-up blog posts, the ones that list "the best 250 resources for X", are near useless.

Mass curation is not valuable curation.

The quality of recommendations are dependent on two things:

  1. The person making the recommendation must be able to separate good from bad, and ideally, great from good.
  2. Accompanying context is provided to explain what separates the recommendation from its alternatives.

Heuristic: Ask an expert in any field for a recommendation and they will give you a handful of options to choose from. A handful. Sometimes it's a big handful, but it will never be as much as 25/50/100+ options.

Mass curation is not curation. 


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