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Engaging authorless content


Dr Teodor Mitew

on 7 March 2011

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Engaging authorless content How to think about keeping on top of social media in sourcing information? How to establish narrative coherence from information online? The change in news production
access/filtering/coherence are now more important than authorship 'When copies are free you need to sell things that can't be copied'
Kevin Kelly @ kk.org Twitter stories - aggregation removes the individual contributers

when informaiton is scarce - content is everything
when it is abundant - coherence is everything limited content is too valuable to worry about form

unlimited content is meaningless without formatting
What does private mean when all private writing is in the public domain? 'distributed credibility'
Nicholas Burbules Text is a tissue of quotations
Roland Barthes information overload before - authors publish at a cost:
if content is not high quality you have no readers
now - no cost to publishing online:
no automatic filter for quality
the internet eliminates the cost of entry for content production
NEWS: What a few years ago was possible in terms of data sourcing only for a few global news agencies - say access to and broadcasting from a flooded area - is now more and more accessible to individuals. PUBLIC vs PRIVATE FORM vs CONTENT COLLABORATION a story about content Medieval codex Source: Ohio State University The printed book Source: Wikimedia When data is free organizing it becomes valuable authorless content? in a free content environment filters become valuable
Case: Google Reader There is no meaning if meaning is not shared
Jean-Luc Nancy cost of making content public Then: high cost of entry high risk there is a quality filter cost to the user Now: zero cost of entry no risk no cost to the user no quality filter Making content public costs nothing to the producer. Reading it costs nothing to the user There is a cost associated with publishing content and with accessing it Dynamics limited content is expensive formatting it is cheap abundant content is cheap formatting it is expensive a single tweet from an event might be worthless rumour false true source credibility is an issue with limited data an aggregation of tweets is valuable what happens to the author? if you concentrate on an individual author you are likely to doubt the message who is the author? what are his/her opinions? if you follow the aggregated feed a dynamically coherent picture will appear each 'author' writes from a subjective perspective the aggregated sum of perspectives form blurred distinction? circles of sharing Facebook Dr Teodor Mitew Internet Studies
Curtin University t.mitew@curtin.edu.au
@tedmitew Dynamics The smaller the sharing circle is the more subjective the content becomes Twitter Questions? Thank you Sourcing Information on the Web
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