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Technology, Tradition, and the Individual Talent: Literary Authors and Aesthetic Use of Information Technology

Stephen Paling

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


This poster session will describe a current study of the use of information technology by authors of poetry, fiction, and similar work published by small literary magazines and small presses. Rather than simply looking at what information technologies these authors use, the study will focus on why authors choose to use, or not use, information technology, and how those choices are likely to affect the values that typify literary writing as a genre. By incorporating the new possibilities offered by the use of information technology, authors can create new paradigms or standards of worth that become a part of the values in a genre. The study thus seeks to determine whether literary authors are making primarily aesthetic or administrative use of information technology, and whether and how those forms of use are likely to change the values that have typified the genre.

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