Is the death of the Author overdue?

It seems that collaborative nature of acquiring and producing knowledge in science and technology disciplines has to transfer to “more traditional” disciplines.  If the Author stands for the authority, and knowledge creating is an evolving process that incorporates knowledge developed by others, how can we really say that only one person is the authority on a subject?  Is it possible that the Author died a long time ago, but no one really noticed?

3 responses to “Is the death of the Author overdue?

  1. The author might have died during the epoch of modernism… but the authority is still alive and kicking. That authority is the university press and by extension the tenure review committee. As Dr. Fitzpatrick discussed in class, it is only after you have been vetted by a prestigious press and have the literal stamp of approval that you can safely seek to enter the tenure clubhouse.

  2. mattzitterman

    +1 for the above comment. With the Internet providing an unlimited forum for the expression of ideas, and the emphasis on information convergence in the 21st century, it becomes difficult to equate author with authority. You run into issues of who owns the original idea, and where the line between authority and author exists now that authoring work is so easy to do.

    The real authority comes from University tenure and backing. In a way, authority is becoming less about the published work and more about perception of your academic peers (and therefore institutional backing).

  3. We are watching now that digital media is changing the culture of authorship too. The expression, “networked book” represents how collaborative nature of publishing is common in these days. We can easily be author or co-author in internet through blogs and online communities. In my opinion, this collaborative nature of publishing will be increased since technology will support this collaboration more and the contents of publishing will include more interdisciplinary work than now.