Authorship: the Word

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Let there be Light

Since this blog is about Jesus Christ — the Lightworker – the authors of the individual posts keep a low profile.

As Michel Foucault discusses in “What is an Author?,” the concept of individual authorship, which emerged at a certain juncture in modern history, is anachronistic when applied to ancient works and, perhaps (so I aver), outmoded in our own digital age. Just as the Bible consists of writings that are usually pseudonymous or anonymous, so new kinds of collaboration – (and masking) – flourish on the web.

The old guard holds its own, however. Everywhere, onto blogs, dust jackets, and bylines-  authors fasten biographies, which undergird their social or intellectual prestige, whether through institutional affiliations or other modes of validation. These authorizing practices may be qualitative (e.g. critical acclaim, peer-review) or quantitative (e.g. number of views of a video or ‘likes’ on a post).

The author(s) here do not deliberately repudiate such modes of exchange, as if to pose as “above it all.” Still, by keeping a low profile- at least, here – they practice the maxim of John the Baptist: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

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Caravaggio: John the Baptist (1610)

References:

Michel Foucault, “What is an Author?,” Screen (1979) 20 (1): 13-34

Bible and Culture Collective, The PostModern Bible, 1997 (see the Introduction)