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Authorship vs. Assemblage in Digital Media (2021)

Roine, H.-R., & Piippo, L. (2021). Authorship vs. Assemblage in Digital Media. In S. Lindberg, & H.-R. Roine (Eds.), The Ethos of Digital Environments : Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy (pp. 60-76). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003123996-7

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Roine, Hanna-Riikka; Piippo, Laura

Parent publication: The Ethos of Digital Environments : Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy

Parent publication editors: Lindberg, Susanna; Roine, Hanna-Riikka

ISBN: 978-0-367-64327-0

eISBN: 978-1-003-12399-6

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 60-76

Number of pages in the book: 304

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: New York

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003123996-7

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78532


This chapter outlines an approach to complement current analyses on agencies of storytelling in digital environments. As our everyday life and meaning-making are increasingly entangled with digital platforms such as those of social media services, ways to critically examine digital media as an environment in literary theory are urgently needed – something that the existing analyses have mostly ignored. The particular point of contention in this chapter is the concept of authorship which has gone hand in hand with the understanding of authoring as a work of distinct agents, as it fails to acknowledge the ways in which human agency is entangled with more-than-human actors within digital environments. The chapter therefore explores assemblage as an alternative to authorship for conceptualizing agencies of storytelling in digital media. It is argued that assemblage enables the analysis of the platforms as affective environments based on a feedback loop of a kind: they are not only affected by our actions but, in turn, shape, and guide our agency.

Keywords: digital culture; new media; authorship (general); human agency; assemblages

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 3

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