Every day I think about the emergent web since reading your stuff. The things that influenced me recently are:
• The AI researcher who said the headlines read "AI beats humans." What they're missing is AI plus human beats AI.
• Tim Berners Lee saying Wikipedia had to develop a bureaucracy to provide reliable entries.
• Tim Cook saying what customers want is curation. It's what made the App Store and Apple News so popular.
• Amazon curating book reviews and how popular they've become.
• The New York Times curating user comments and how good they've become.
• Facebook and WhatsApp providing unmoderated groups which led to genocide, insane conspiracies, and destructive riots on Champs-Élysées.
• Moderation or curation in the form of a police force on Champs-Élysées (and pretty much everywhere in the world) to stop the looting and destruction.
• Reading the new history of Reddit book and watching the founders progress from trolls and free speech advocates to curating the site so they could attract brands to advertise, and also to live with their own consciences.
You can see where I'm going with this. There is no successful real-world community without an infrastructure to pick up litter, prevent crime, put out fires, and establish some rules. We have now seen what the web can be without that and there it's even worse because anonymity.
It looks to me like some level of curation leads to better return on interaction which leads to more profit.