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Wikipedia and the disappearing "author"
Abstract WHAT DOES it mean to author a piece of wriWHAT DOES it mean to author a piece of writing? For many generations, humans inscribed clay tablets and recorded information on papyrus but only rarely included their own names in the documents they produced. Many of the most famous works of antiquity come to us as accounts of words spoken by someone else. Only after the development of movable type and modern publishing methods did authorship acquire a legal and universal meaning. Copyright laws established the right of the person who penned a work to profit from it and control its publication. By the 20th century, the idea that authors "own" their work dwelled so deep in our cultures that even unpublished authors, even grade-school children recognize and accept the notion without question. Then came the Internet. Initially designed to connect researchers at various campuses and military installations around the country, it rapidly evolved into the now-famous World Wide Web. The technology underlying the web provides some previously unimaginable tools for authoring and disseminating information. Even with movable type, many documents only existed in small quantities. If your local library didn't have a copy and you couldn't afford to buy one, you simply didn't read it. On the web, a single copy of a document becomes available to any person able to connect to the Internet--still not universal access, of course, but the ratio of books to readers has changed by several orders of magnitude.as changed by several orders of magnitude.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension N/A  +
Comments "we no longer say we "are" authors. Instead we periodically author, read, and share information. " p. 40
Conclusion Those of us interested general semantics wThose of us interested general semantics will interpret in our own way the transition from the view of writing as a product to the understanding of writing and reading as moments in a process of communication. In our terms, we no longer say we "are" authors. Instead we periodically author, read, and share information.cally author, read, and share information.
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Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Band%2Bthe%2Bdisappearing%2B%22author%22%22  +
Has author Nora Miller +
Has domain Linguistics +
Has topic Other participation outcomes +
Issue 1  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in ETC.: A Review of General Semantics +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions WHAT DOES it mean to author a piece of writing? The paper argues the disappearing nature of authorship in new era
Revid 11,087  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia and the disappearing "author"
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst?docId=5008697163  +
Volume 6  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2005  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:34:29  +
Categories Other participation outcomes  + , Linguistics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:50  +
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