Junie B. Jones and the Authorship Debate

I know I have discussed this in one of my other classes, the whole authorship debate when a book is technically written by a computer through the parameters set by a coder, but it is still a mystery to me. I keep going in circles about who the author of a computer generated book is. Dictionary.com defines “author” as “a writer of a book, article, or report.” According to that definition the computer is the author because the computer is the one who actually writes the book. However, the computer wouldn’t be able to do the writing without the written code by the coder. If that’s the case should novels generated by computers not give credit to authors but to coders instead? I’m simply suggesting a change of terms because giving credit to a computer seems ridiculous when the computer couldn’t create the novel without the guidance of the coder.

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  1. Hello Junie,
    You make a very valid point here. I think this is a good way to look at programming and computer generated writing. Thanks for the change in perspective! In my opinion, humans will always be involved in literature somehow. –Clarisse McClellan

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