Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you.
Mariusz M. Leś, Ph.D., born 1974. Lives in Poland. Works at the University ofBialystok. Polish Philology Institute assistant manager. Science fiction educator and researcher. Digital humanities enthusiast. Author of two books about utopian thought and poetics (published in 1998 and 2008).
What is curation to you?
Curation is all about passion. Perhaps it is similar to a paranoid world-view in some way – to know is to connect. Connect things, facts and people. I don’t know – and it’s a curator’s fate I guess – whether the curation is more a gathering of bookmarks or telling an engaging story to a perfect audience. Something in-between, I guess. I think it’s the motivation that matters. The perfect audience is a restriction and opportunity at once.
What is your best curating secret?
Curation is not simple bookmarking. You don’t have to be transparent, in fact – you shouldn’t. Your curation site should be meaningful, so go to the source and make the old-fashioned topic oriented copy-paste and choose images carefully. Not every topic has to be illustrated, it has to be just readable.
-How has curation enriched your social media experience?
Curation is the thing I have always dreamt about. I believe that social dimension of curation brings us closer to a perfect knowledge transmission. You have to be engaged to curate information. But, curation is not restricted to what is now called “content curation”. It has existed a long time before this.
-Science fiction is your area of expertise. Do you see science-fiction ideas that could become our reality sooner than we imagine?
I’ve always thought science fiction gives us a set of possibilities rather, not a vision of necessity. That’s why it’s the best at anti-totalitarian attitude. Given this assumption, I believe it’s the decentralization of knowledge what is the most real science-fictional idea.
Our Lord of Curation Series continues next week. Stay tuned!