29 Jan Death of the Author
Do you agree with Colbert? Consider different points made in Colbert’s argument on authorship and Web 2.0 and provide specific examples you find relevant.
Readers and authors have become one and the same because of the advances we have experienced with new technology and the quickness in which we may share that which we create. We are at a stage of production where the ability for the ability to produce graphic design, videos, articles, photographs, etc. lies with the average person. While fine art may still be excluded from this scope, the majority of communication arts are available for anyone and everyone to take part in.
The Web 2.0 infrastructure gives new meaning to identity. It is easier than ever to portray yourself in a specific light than ever before. At the beginning of the Facebook hype, many of my friends (myself included) had two Facebook accounts – one for our families, and one for our friends. By having two curated spaces, we were able to portray an identity to each sphere of influence that was appropriate for that specific audience. This ability to create separate spaces for different areas of your life certainly allows for extended freedoms in trying on different identities. After all, you can’t have Grandma knowing what you’re really into at 19.
We are so careful about our online persona and how we portray ourselves to others in the digital space because we are as Colbert stated in the Death of the Author and the web identity crisis, “judged predominantly on our appearance.” Whether it be how many followers/friends we have, or how many pictures we post doing “cool things,” we are forever on display for our audience: a fact which can at times be overwhelming. The “always on” nature of the culmination of the Author/Reader duality can at times leave us feeling raw, vulnerable, and exposed – especially as we attempt to be the most genuine versions of ourselves.