Aggregator versus Curator (versus thief)?

There’s some hubbub on the internets as to the value of aggregating versus curating (additional context at Buzzfeed FWD).

Harvest Time

My take is that sucking-down content published on the web for re-display in a different form is aggregation, and if said content is taken wholesale, theft.   If you do the same thing but employ some editing process, you are a curator.  To paraphrase Tim O’Reilly at SXSW yesterday, you should ‘create more value than you take’.  Note that this conversation started over a debate concerned with attribution.

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