Note — Jul 10, 2022

Curatorial Governance

Via Discord wiz Keely (seriously, I think she must have a neuralink implant to be this usefully active in various communities), an Interview with Tony Lashley. I’m not really a music person, so this is not the usual type of curation I pay attention to, but Lashley has a very even-keeled and well thought-out opinion on curation, who curates what, who trusts whom, how to find longterm value, DAOs, Web3, citations and attention, and systems of voting and delegation. (If you skipped over the previous piece, go back, the two pair together.)

I think we are starting to wake up to the contemporary over-indexing towards the voice of the crowd, when it comes to the distillation of that being an algorithmic culture and understanding. […]

I think synthesis is going to continue to be the name of the game. In the grand arc of history, compared to the past, the crowd will continue to get more power. But in the recent arc of internet history, I actually think experts are going to get more power, but it's just going to be a different type of expert. It’s going to be an expert through the proving of data — an expert through action, rather than an expert through appointment. […]

[B]uilding systems that synthesize and create repeatable processes for synthesizing the best of all those sources of information. I think that's what people are really craving. […]

How do you create systems of voting and delegation that allow people to have their individual voices heard, but also [that] are not swayed by cascades of information where one person says something and so everybody else says something? I think voting systems of delegates, and systems of creating new experts are important early steps.