The Media Oxpecker: In Defense of Aggregation

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“In many ways the eternal debate over what qualifies as journalism is a red herring. The reality is that aggregation and curation are part of the new media ecosystem, and they can add a lot of value whether we like them or not … in [these] cases, information is provided that increases our knowledge about an important topic. Isn’t that a pretty good definition of journalism, not whether someone made a phone call or has a specific degree, or whether they travelled to a war zone or not?” — Mathew Ingram, GigaOM

In that spirit, the information below is being provided to increase your knowledge about important (and some unimportant) topics.