In this CTS lecture we learned about the importance of understanding a variety or resources relating to authorship.
We discussed a range of topics aiming to understand such things as who, what, where and when in relation to authorship and how this enables us to step away from the source and take a critical view on the subject. The idea that authorship is not solely the creation of published material, but rather the state or act of writing, creating, or causing was also discussed.
At the start of this session we were given 6 sources of information: book, academic journal article, magazine article, blog post, Wikipedia and tweet, and asked to put them in order of importance and authority. My group and I arranged these sources in the order mentioned above as we felt that books and academic journals held more credibility than an open format such as Twitter or Wikipedia. This is because a high degree of knowledge is needed for a book to be published on a certain topic, whereas any individual can edit or post through the bottom two.
A range of sources relating to punk band Pussy Riot were handed out to different groups, where we then evaluated and dissected our given piece. Our group was given an academic journal piece and asked to question the relevance and structure as well as to discover the finer details of the journal article. From this, we found the piece to be considerably relevant as it was published in 2012 meaning it isn’t outdated. Also, we decided that because of the factual nature of the text it held a lot of credibility and was not written from an opinionated stand point. The piece also included data in the form of a pie chart, further supporting its factual nature.
Following this, we concurred with the other groups in the class to find out what they had discovered about their sources to gain a overall picture of different forms of authorship and how they can be used as critical texts.
To conclude the session, we went back to the first activity and re-orginised the six sources into order of currency/format and authority/voice. This gave us a different perspective into how relevant each source is in terms of authorship.