Ray and Graeff, Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia

I have fond memories of working on this with my friend and colleague, Erhardt. My favorite RIT students are the ones who continue to teach me. Thank you to all of you who have knowingly (and unknowingly) helped me to better understand and translate the world in which I live. Perhaps this has been my greatest privilege. Our interactions over the years have fundamentally altered my understanding of the world in which I live and inexorably shaped the development of my teaching, my writing and thought.

Here is the full paper. We hope you find it useful.Amit Ray and Erhardt Graeff-Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia (2008)

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Ray, Amit and Erhardt Graeff. “Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia.” In Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism. Eds. Eisner and Vicinus. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2008. 39-47.

Ray and Graeff take up Foucault’s concept of the author-function (after Barthes declared the death of the author) to talk about how digital technology, Wikipedia in particular, has developed an author-function that is decentralized and collaborative. They discuss the construction of Wikipedia as three layered levels, as each page has an article, discussion of the article and its point of view, and a archived history of all the changes to the page.

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