leadership dot #2531: curator

Think of the influence that the person has who determines what stories show up on the newsfeed of your smartphone. There are usually only five or six articles that make the list and somewhere there is a human that either makes the selections or programmed the algorithm to do so. Such power they hold.

So many decisions go into what makes it onto the feed: which stories, whether they are serious news or novel, which source to use for the story, etc. You may have some choice in which topics you check as preferences, but someone else is still curating the content and shaping the views of millions. In the U.S. alone there are over 90 million iPhones – quite the audience for Apple News.

Whether we consciously read all of the selections or just unconsciously absorb the headlines, the content from this feed serves to populate our brain and perspectives. Don’t rely on a stranger’s limited actions as the only source of your information. Pick at least one source of journalism to read deeper and make your own choice about what is relevant.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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