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Curation Nation needs some Curation,
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This review is from: Curation Nation: How to Win in a World Where Consumers are Creators (Hardcover)Curation Nation could use some curation itself. The book contains a lot of information, but it doesn't really say anything. The first 100 pages summary: there is a lot of crap on the Internet and it needs to be curated... I know that already, that's why I bought your book!
It goes on to profile different acts of curation such as the Huffington Post, aggregation through twitter, blogging, etc. Nothing really jaw dropping. Don't expect a unique insight here. Chapter 4 says don't piss of your consumers with crappy customer service because they have a voice now...this book was published in 2011 right? Do people/companies not know this by now? Did we really need a whole chapter on this?
The book's plea is "attention is the new economy." I partly agree with this, but don't expect this book to give any spectacular information on how to turn that attention into a tangible profit making business. While the book's purpose is not solely making money off of curation, it does suggests more of a "build it and they shall come" strategy hoping for your attention to somehow be monetized later through advertisers. If that floats your boat, this book may be for you.
Curation Nation contains thoughts from notable figures such as Clay Shirky, Alan Webber, Robert Scoble, Andrew Keen, Seth Godin, Mark Cuban, and others. Unfortunately none of the interviews led you the reader to know where curation is headed...all they know is we need it. Again, I know we need it, that's why I bought this book for some direction and to help make sense of it all. Ughhh
Alan Webber perhaps gives the best quote from the book: "Nobody has figured out a killer model of what exactly is exciting about a wonderfully produced movie, magazine, book, or record. Creating unique, memorable content isn't a formula -it's a happy accident. In the same way publishers struggle to figure out curation, there will be few leaders and lots of followers searching for the future economic model for content."
Curation Nation is for the lowest common denominator who are absolutely clueless that there is too much unfiltered information online and that it needs to be sorted. It will fill you in, provide you with a history of how we got here (unnecessary to the book) and where we currently are with no breathtaking insights. You'll get a bunch of information, but again, the book doesn't say much other than we need curation.
With the text being 259 Pages, it could have been cut AT LEAST in half. The future of curation fascinates me very much and I wanted to like this book. I expected this book to be GREAT judging by all the big name endorsements...but sadly I was let down.
P.S. If you happen to stumble across this book in the bookstore, just skip to the conclusion...you'll get all you need to know about the book saving you time in our limited "attention based economy."
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2011 8:01:44 AM PDT
Steven Rosenbaum says:
K. I've be thinking about your review - and why the book wasn't what you'd hoped it would be. A few things - curation is shifting from theory (an idea) to practice (tools and best practices). I wanted to write a book that grounded the practice in a context of where it came from. And, I was pleased and surprised at how many smart folks see it as the hope for a more coherent content experience. But it's not a how-to book, it's more of a 'why to' book. And you ended up disappointed. I've got 2 thoughts: 1). there's another book to write 2). can we schedule a call so I can share what i've learned about this fast moving space that might help you? DM me on twitter @magnify (hope that helps)
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 5:24:40 PM PDT
K. Evans says:
First off let me say I respect you for replying to my review,
"I wanted to write a book that grounded the practice in a context of where it came from."
If this was your purpose, I felt a book like Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages provided a clearer direction about the evolution of information organization, a book dedicated solely to this concept.
I kept reading the book with a mixed message about what the book was really about, other than we need curation (the "why to"). I kept asking myself, "is the author trying to show the evolution of curation over time, explain the current trends of content curation currently happening, or write a how to book?
I felt if your book was published 5 years ago, I would have been WOW'd by it as a "why to." If you are calling it a "why to" book as in "why to curate," I feel the majority (not only early adopters of this concept) already know that we are swamped by massive sets of data and something needs to be done about it. To an extent it seemed like a "me too" book in which the plea to become a trusted resource on a particular subject has been done for some time now such as Crush It by Gary V published in 2009. It felt like a safe argument weaved around the concept of curation.
I would have been more interested in a creative "how to" book or an expansion of the conclusion (the future of curation). Even though I didn't agree with certain points in the conclusion, such as "search is dead," it did raise a lot of interesting issues, issues similar to Jeffrey Cole at the USC Center for a digital future. All in all, I did not grasp the thesis of this book other than we need curation.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 4:17:33 PM PDT
David Bowers says:
Having just finished this book I have to say that I fully agree with this whole review. While this book is interesting enough, I'm not sure there is a need for it to exist.
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