Wikipedia and the disappearing "author"

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Wikipedia and the disappearing "author"
Authors: Nora Miller [edit item]
Citation: ETC.: A Review of General Semantics 6 (1): . 2005.
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Wikipedia and the disappearing "author" is a publication by Nora Miller.


[edit] Abstract

WHAT 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 By the 20th century, the idea that authors "own" their work dwelled so deep in our cultures that even unpublished authors, even grade-school children recognize and accept the notion without question.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.

[edit] Research questions

"WHAT DOES it mean to author a piece of writing? The paper argues the disappearing nature of authorship in new era"

Research details

Topics: Other participation outcomes [edit item]
Domains: Linguistics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Those 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."

[edit] Comments

""we no longer say we "are" authors. Instead we periodically author, read, and share information. " p. 40"


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AbstractWHAT 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 teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
Comments"we no longer say we "are" authors. Instead we periodically author, read, and share information. " p. 40
ConclusionThose 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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Has authorNora Miller +
Has domainLinguistics +
Has topicOther participation outcomes +
Issue1 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inETC.: A Review of General Semantics +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsWHAT DOES it mean to author a piece of writing? The paper argues the disappearing nature of authorship in new era
Revid11,087 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia and the disappearing "author"
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst?docId=5008697163 +
Volume6 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
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Year2005 +