I fully expect this discussion to continue, well, for as long as it has since that tower in Babel fell. That is, the discussion on what is “real” and “authentic” communication.

On one hand, I wind up in a school of thought similar to the way I’ve always felt when someone qualified my fandom of a band, album, author, etc. “You can’t be a REAL FAN unless you’ve (listen to, own a bootleg, seen them live, yadda yadda yadda)...”. That is, AI-assisted work still qualifies as a new, unique and therefore REAL (authentic, valid, etc.). Do note that hyphenated phrase: I’m with you, Joe: it’s humans who write.

Oh! And “on the other hand,..”? Still not done thinking that other side all the way through. I might just wait for the next post (nudge, nudge!).

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Just for giggles, I asked ChatGPT, “what qualifies as authentic writing?” This was the reply: “Authentic writing is writing that is true to the writer's voice and personal experiences. It is genuine, original, and expresses the writer's thoughts and feelings in their own words. Authentic writing is not copied or plagiarized from other sources, but is the result of the writer's own ideas and insights. It is also not overly polished or edited to the point where it loses its unique, personal touch. In short, authentic writing is writing that is true to the writer and their own experiences.”

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