Joanne McNeil over at the Tomorrow Museum looks at the misuse of the word curator to every “web thing” that requires the ability to filter out. Some of us are probably are at fault for spreading the idea. Sorry about that.
I have yet to find a new media appropriation of the word “curator” that couldn’t just as well describe that oh so obsolete occupation: “editor,” (as I previously explained in the Tomorrow Museum podcast.) Understandably, the screen presents challenges very different from the page. It is reasonable to use a different term to describe the new skills needed. But if anything it is the “curator” job requirements that seem antiquated.