Surveillance on the Web (whether it's surveillance of images, student writing, etc.) ultimately is about competing definitions of authorship
1. author as
Authoring as god is about control, about watching everyone's movement at
all times, or at least in a
Foucauldian sense, of having the ability to. The
author-god is concerned primarily with controlling who has
access to surveillance,
to extending his or her gaze over others. The author-god exerts
power through surveillance.
2. author as
3. author as
Author as voyeur manifests itself through daily minutae, the
chia pets and
feet of others, never really putting the pieces together into a coherent
road map of his or her surroundings. The voyeur possesses snapshots, but not a photo album.
Author as cyborg looks for a radical redefinition of what it means
to be human--to put together a coherent road map, to alternate gazes
between voyeur and god, to do something productive for oneself with it. As a practical example, instructors of writing might share the responsibility (and corresponding gazes) for grading (including the creation of criteria) with their students.