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ERIC Number: EJ873412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-8887
Temptation, Trash and Trust: The Authorship and Authority of Digital Texts
Bayne, Sian
E-Learning, v3 n1 p16-26 2006
This article considers the question of the authorship of digital texts and their use by learners and teachers in higher education. It draws on the work of Foucault, in particular how his concept of the "author function" is applied by Poster to the authorships of the digital age. From this theoretical basis, the article goes on to consider some examples of text in digital space, looking at how, specifically, hypertext, email, wikis and blogs each re-articulate the author in different ways. In the final section of the article, interviews with teachers and students in higher education are analysed in terms of the discourses they use in describing digital text and its use within academia. The article shows how interviewees demonstrated significant resistance to digital texts and authorships within academic practice, generally viewing the texts of cyberspace as somehow subversive and "other" to the true academic project. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom