Content and Author Are One and Medium is a Stage (In More Ways Than One)
Rather than comment on a well-traveled bit of turf, I will try to make my points briefly with minimal meta.
First content and author are not binary, they are the same thing. I think you can sniff out communal content and see it as, well, communal. In which case, the author is a group.
Hardly new. And not necessarily detrimental.,
But the author remains central, whether one or many.
Take any communal statement that stands up as an example. Like the Port Huron Statement. We know who wrote it because its salience was obvious. Likewise of course the Declaration of Independence,
Even the Bard engaged in corporate writing. A fact that delights those who make a career of denying his authorship of timeless texts.
Second, Medium is, for some, a stage between one form and another.
It is that for me.
Medium is like a scratch pad. It is hardly the final destination. Like most, I want recognition and success.
Finding it here would be like permanent play-writing. Unlikely.
But if I use Medium as a stage in getting my work published in a form that will create both recognition and income, that’s OK.
And if the next state, publication on Kindle, asks that my work not appear elsewhere, then deletion on Medium takes place.
Stage has a second meaning.
A stage is is where we are all merely players. The Bard said this is universal, applying to all. Perhaps we should see personal recognition and monetary success through the lens of Hamlet’s graveyard scene.
There are games and games.
The one I like best involves recognition and compensation — legal tender. That is only secondarily related to Medium because of the first definition of stage.
So 2 cents to the ongoing dialogue.