The Author-ity Wedge


Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.

“Authority” is an interesting word to contemplate. On the one hand it invokes images of dictators and repression. But it also breaks down as author-ity. A seal of approval, of unspecified acceptance, of authorship as opposed to creatorship. By appearing under an official banner, of seeming to be better than all those 10,000 choices out there. If it’s paid for by Netflix it must be better than if it’s self-made on YouTube. If it’s shown as a TED talk it must be better than a talk recorded on someone’s personal Tumblr. If it’s published it’s probably better than if it’s just made.

Isn’t interesting how much that idea has reasserted itself in the last couple of years? It wasn’t really…

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Author: rjbailey

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