A nice piece, but I think the author has been living under a rock. Curate hasn’t carried that sense of professionalism for some time. Blogs and social media are curated by their owners.
American Heritage, for instance, defines it as:
1. To organize and oversee (an art exhibit or film festival, for example).
2. To gather and present to the public: a blog that curates news stories.
When I looked at Merriam-Webster, it’s algorithm culled these recent examples from the web (it’s likely that you’ll get different examples when you look):
Either way, there’s no denying that Kylie knows how to curate a look.
—Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, “The Kylie Cosmetics March Makeup Vault Has All Your Favorite Products in It,” 8 Mar. 2018
The 19 wines were chosen by Lidl’s Master of Wine Adam Lapierre, who tasted 800 bottles t0 [sic] curate the perfect variety of options.
—Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, “This Grocery Chain Is Currently Having A Massive Wine Sale,” 7 Mar. 2018
Nike also plans to collaborate with influential women to curate events and special collections designed to fit the local lifestyles of women in New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, and other cities around the world.
—Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, “Nike’s Debuts “Unlaced” a Sneaker Destination for Women,” 1 Mar. 2018
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