(psa: Death Of The Author is an academic tool, not a moral one. it is the theory you apply when you want to analyze a text without considering authorial intent; it says nothing about the ethics of *consuming* art when it turns out the artist is a shítbàg)

(whether Death Of The Author is even a useful theory is up for debate, but it just doesn't apply to what you think it does)

@jacethechicken I have met some people who seem to think that the death of the author is something that they're going to do with the ax that they're grinding in their criticism


Me looking up from loading training data on terf-y British fantasy writers into the Death Ray: "What do you mean it's a critical construct?"

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