Publish first, then curate

This post by Tim O’Reilly initially caught my eye for two reasons,

Tim is using Google+ as a micro blogging platform, somewhere in between Twitter and his O’Reilly Radar blog.

In the post he riffs on YouTube as an economy

Whoever it was who said that the internet model turns traditional media on its head, from curate then publish to publish first, then curate, surely got it right

There’s a new advertising business model here too. With hundreds of millions of views, these bands are now media companies. It seems to me that the potential of YouTube to be a game changer in the media marketplace, a powerful new channel and business model for artists is still not widely understood. I bet there are as many people making a living on YouTube as in the iTunes app store, yet there’s far less buzz about it.

I hadn’t heard that phrase about the change from “curate then publish” to “publish first, then curate” before, but it’s powerful.

(I find myself thinking specifically about the presentation by SchoolTube that Darren Milligan facilitated a few weeks ago—there seems to be a huge demand for B-roll, stock footage of everything and anything that can be re-used by students and teachers. During the SchoolTube presentation we discussed the nuances between our reflexive approach to content creation (curation) with a B-roll approach. One statement by SchoolTube president Carl Arizpe stands out in my mind, (paraphrase) “We have students and teachers clamoring for B-roll footage of the Washington Monument. They can’t find anything that’s rights-free or licensed for re-use.”)