Monday, October 5, 2009

Everyone's a Curator

Apparently, curators are not just in museums these days.

The New York Times reports that all kinds of creative types have embraced the word "curate" to describe their selective editing activities. From swap-meets to nightclubs to stores, curators are now in charge.

The linguists say "it's an innocent form of self-inflation," but people using the term say that it "precisely describes" their work. The one museum curator quoted in the story says she doesn't mind the title creep.

I don't really mind it either. But the article is a good reminder: if everyone's a curator nowadays, we need to remember to explain the worth of having professional curators around.

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