Read Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media’in The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (p.102–17).

Having read this essay and tried to view many the pieces of work she references, I conclude that this is a subject I don’t find particularly interesting. I think this is because I work on a computer all day professionally so I like to come away from that for my creative outlet.

The idea of heightened ‘emergence’ through letting a computer compose some of a piece leaves me with a feeling of ‘emperors new clothes’. A computer will only ever do what it is told (unless you are talking about AI, which this essay isn’t), so I feel as if Smith and her contemporaries are misplacing authorship and anthropomorphising computers. I personally feel if I was giving up some authorship, it would be to another person and be a collaboration, the richness coming from mutual responses.

 

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