The Curation Problem

This is a great TED Talk my dad sent through to me earlier today. It deals with content curation in the digital world - who/what is deciding what we see (and don't see).

This is something that most people in the Internet, communications, or marketing industries would already be well aware of - however the speaker does a great job of presenting the issue with clarity in under 10 minutes.

The Social Network Trailer

The Social Network - Trailer / Bande-Annonce [VO|HD]
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I like the idea of Facebook, I used it quite a bit for a few months when I first joined. Now it's just kind of there - I barely touch it anymore, it's kind of a pain (another thing I have to check) - but I still see the point/value. At the same time, Facebook, and it's founder Mark Zuckerberg in particular, drive me a bit insane. I'm not breaking any news here, but neither Facebook or Zuckerberg seem to have any respect for a person's privacy. In my opinion, their attitude towards users' (and non-users') rights is scary and borders on criminal (depending on jurisdiction and your thoughts on a person's right to protect their private information).

I realize that they are running a business and that the issue of dealing with user-generated content that people want to share with each other isn't an easy thing to navigate. At the same time, I have a lot more (although not endless) respect for companies like Google and how they deal with the same issues.

This movie sounded stupid to me when I first heard about it. It seemed like a rah-rah effort based around a nerdy kid's ability to make one of the most influential products of our time while he was still in school. No interest.

David Fincher and Jesse Eisenberg upped the intrigue. Then the movie poster. Now the trailer... and now I actually really want to see this thing.

The selection of "Creep" for the trailer's music is epic.