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Production Format Roles
Production format roles

These are a tool for analyzing authorship of texts (Goffman, 1981). Authorship of a text can be a collective enterprise, with a number of individuals responsible for the meanings and arguments which a text communicates – both in terms of specific claims and the overall position a text takes on an issue – aside from the person speaking or the person whose name is at the top of the story. In short, the person (or people) responsible for a message may not be the person who actually speaks it. The production format roles are a way of dissecting ‘the author’ in order to better understand these processes.

Goffman suggests that ‘the author’ can be broken down into three functional roles: the author, ...

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