Huffington Post has a thoughtful piece on media trends in 2009. One difference between Rosenbaum’s “curation” function and traditional editing is the source of the material processed by the editor/curator: yesterday’s editors could rely on staff reporters; today’s curators must gather material from around the Web.
As the cost of the creation of content continues to come down, more content creators will come online. This will create a huge influx of unfiltered material, and create a significant demand for filters and editors who can find/sort/select and recommend contextual quality content within verticals. This “Curation” function has the potential to give media enterprises whose current business models are under tremendous pressure a new and important role in the web media world.