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EXPERIMENTAL AUTHORSHIP

AuthEx moves away from the techno-fetishization/fatalism around AI driven information production, and instead proposes to think through and produce new forms of experimental authorship that are informed by not the form but the function and role of authors in our digital futures. We set up a new fellowship, in collaboration with local, regional and global partners, beginning by inviting open applications and inviting 2 collectives to produce new interventions and working prototypes in authorship experiments and new narrative conditions. The fellowship invites high profile creative professionals, media and communication scholars, artists, and researchers to be rooted in the CUHK community and bring their expertise and skills to the department.

FELLOWS

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The Digital Narratives Studio is pleased to announce its first Fellowship in Experimental Authorship.

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The Making of Misinformed Choice: The impact of digital technologies in election campaigns - insights from nine Asian countries

Nishant Shah and Anushree Majumdar

2024

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This report examined the current picture of disinformation and successful countermeasures in nine (South) East Asian countries and concluded that digital disinformation is widespread and contributes to the erosion of democracy.

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Knitting a Cocoon for Myself: Exploring Digital Authorship on Social Media

Ruiwen Zhou

2024

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Photo by Lunamarina on Canva

In this article, we will delve into the questions around the digital influencer culture: how this functions as one of the ‘egos’ of the Author; how the discourse exists, operates, and circulates in the digital space; and lastly, who controls the discourse and who is held accountable for the impact of the discourse.

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Artificial Intelligence has a starring role in India’s 18th General Elections

Anushree Majumdar

2024

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India: As the world’s largest democratic election in history completes its third phase, AI technologies are becoming increasingly popular with Indian political parties as they campaign for the next few weeks till the results are declared on June 4.

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Fear + Anticipation = Anxiety

What are we anxious of in the face of Gen-AI

Ruiwen Zhou

2024

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In this blog, we will continue our journey of hunting for the anxieties around Gen-AI as well as gather insights from this searching and mapping practice…

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On the Face of It: Controlling the Body on Xiaohongshu, the Chinese Instagram

Cassie Wen

2024

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The use of medical terms to describe the human body on Xiaohongshu is an example of how social media is distorting our engagement with our bodies. We explore the ways in which language is employed on this particular site and question its motives: is it to further scientific engagement or does the beauty industry stand to profit?

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Tracing the anxiety in the landscape of Generative AI

Ruiwen Zhou

2024

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As the 2nd blog in this series, it will offer an explanation of the theoretical framework of the project: In Search of The Digital Author: Author function in the age of Generative AI, as well as a record of the current progress.

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Misinformed Choice: Understanding it as a ‘Socio-Technical Imaginary’

Anushree Majumdar

2024

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash (Edited)

Misinformed Choice occurs not as a result of information scarcity but of an information overload, which creates a condition of suspended belief, causing harm to the people making those choices.

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Chinese Nonfiction Agencies on Digital Platforms

Cassie Wen

2023

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A research project about online nonfiction narratives and authorship will investigate the Chinese WeChat platform to explore the role of representative authorship, and how it can be used to represent different groups of marginalized people...

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The Making of Misinformed Choice

Anushree Majumdar

2023

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Photo by element5 digital on Unsplash

Earlier this year, the Digital Narratives Studio’s Experimental Authorship pillar embarked on a project with Digital Asia Hub and the Bertelsmann Stifting Foundation to study mis/disinformation events in election cycles in this particular region, to view these phenomena through a lens of crises and responses.

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An Anxious Encounter: Redefining author function in the age of Generative AI

Ruiwen Zhou

2023

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Photo by Cash Macanaya on Unsplash

Instead of regarding the anxieties around Gen–AI as separate cases that are emerging continuously, there is a particular urgency to unravel the fundamental reasons for their existence — why do those anxieties exist in the first place?

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