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Digital Art and MeaningReading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations$
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Roberto Simanowski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667376

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667376.001.0001

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Text Machines

Text Machines

(p.90) 3 Text Machines
Digital Art and Meaning

Roberto Simanowski

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter investigates the so-called death of the author, arguing that the proclaimed reallocation of power from author to reader is a betrayal of the discourse theory. It examines the quality of mechanic authorship, or authorship through the use of text generators, by discussing how innovative automated text generation is. It concludes that one may declare the death of the reader rather than the death of the author.

Keywords:   discourse theory, machinic authorship, text generators, text machines, digital literature

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