Writing is precisely that space in which the persons of grammar and the origins of discourse mingle, combine, and lose each other until they are unidentifiable: writing is the truth not of the person (of the author), but of language. This is why writing always goes further than speech. To consent to speak of one's writing,... is merely to tell the other that one needs his speech. (Barthes, 1994, p.8)
Barthes, Roland

 

Although I am certain that I will consider and embrace different (perhaps opposing) perspectives of writing throughout this week I liked this quotation. Barthes has given me a base line to work from / on when pondering all things semiotic.

Barthes, R. (1994) The Semiotic Challenge. Translated from French by Richard Howard Berkeley: University of California Press

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  1. Jen Ross February 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    something I’ve highlighted in my copy of “Image Music Text” seems rather appropriate in response to this (and to the massiveness of the MOOC):

    “[W]hen the teacher speaks to his audience, the Other is always there, *puncturing* his discourse. … it suffices that I speak, that my speech flow, for it to flow away.” (p.195)

    :-)