The most contentious debate in media over the last few weeks has been about the concept of “curation” vs. “aggregation” vs. “creation.” What’s the big deal? In part, says Brainpicker’s Maria Popova, it’s that “the cat video is the editorial cop-out.”
One more data point for the aggregation debate: An aggregation of one of our posts sent us 65 views — but an aggregation of the aggregation sent us 15 times more.
I went to a SXSW panel called, “Is Aggregation Theft?” I tweeted from it. Then some people got unhappy, at least momentarily. (Sorry.)