What is an author? What is authorship? What is context and format?

At first, we have tried to answer the above questions by ranking given formats in order of relevance and/or credibility in terms of gathering sources for research. We came to the conclusion that it depends on what we are talking about. In instance tweets in general are not reliable if our subject is something encyclopedic of some kind, but if we are talking, for example about the work of an artist who lives, then his/her tweet would be our first source of information about the given subject. On the other hand, Wikipedia isn’t a trustworthy or reliable source of information but it’s a good starting point for a primitive research. Wikipedia allows its users to edit almost any article. Thus there is no specific author who you can reference to or research about his/hers influences, perspective and life in general, in order to have a clear image of their point of view.

At this point, the given subject for discussion and analysis was Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk protest group based in Moscow. So our ranking was based on that information.

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We were given only a part of Vogues article with the title “Enemies of the state” (Corbett, S. 2014).

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Vogue (2016) Available at: http://www.vogue.com/946500/pussy-riot-members-start-new-organization-zona-prava/ (Accessed: 30/10/2016).

Above is a photograph of the article, photographed by Taryn Simon, Vogue, July 2014.

The article was written for a fashion magazine so I couldn’t help but notice that the author focused more on text than on images. She was underlining in that way the importance of the story that she wanted to write about and she only used two powerful images to strengthen the unfortunate situation that the members of Pussy Riot went through and the reasons behind it. The author seems to write putting aside the fashion background and the main focus of the magazine in order to let her own voice speak for the subject.

In that picture we can see two members of Pussy Riot wearing almost ordinary clothes, different from their usual outfits of “balaclavas and candy-colored dresses” (Corbett, S. 2014)-in a way the author wants to present them as simply women despite their reputation. In addition to that, in the picture we can see the woman in red that her feet appear to be off the ground or hovering above it. Is a clear symbolism of the dynamic and the political message that Pussy Riot were trying to communicate and in the end were prosecuted and incarcerated for.

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