I was reading something on-line and came across this statement:
It’s a hand-curated roundup of tips I don’t share elsewhere.
That one little sentence just made me shudder! Of course, it’s hand-curated, you picked out the tips, you typed them in, and you shared them. Unless you swiped them from someone else, they’re hand-curated. But you should know what the word really means before you use it.
Not everything that is collected or assembled is curated. I am sick of seeing some curating Tweets, or that one should “curate the selection from Instagram” or other such nonsense. I realize that English is a very flexible language, but the saying that you’ve “hand-curated” your pinterest tips diminishes actual museum curators who have spent years learning about the art in their museums.
It’s just so inauthentic.
Which brings me to my next word: authentic. Funnily, as I switched screens and went to check Facebook, this was at the top of my feed:
Of course, the next sentence did nothing to alleviate my nausea: The platform will be a unique opportunity for emerging designers to connect with a new marketplace of design lovers, and for consumers to discover authentic products. The platform will expose an intimate number of designers each day across four disciplines: graphic art, jewelry, homeware and accessories.
And, might I ask, what is “homeware?”
How do you be both real or genuine and at the same time be made to be just like an original? One of these things is not the authentic description. Isn’t everything, in its own way, authentic? It’s such a broad description that it can apply to anything.
When you strive to become authentic, do you automatically become less so?