- Jan 12, 1999At 07:24 PM 1/12/99 -0500, Kumo997029@... wrote:
>..."Auditory piracy" is appropriating a text available only in a public
>venue by listening as hard as you can to a performance and thenreconstructing
>it as well as possible as soon as possible.I am intrigued by the examples from Shakespeare, and the "auditory piracy"
concept, but the label does not transport well. The purposes of the
performances were different: Shakespeare had every reason to want to
control his intellectual capital. The evangelists, however, were more
interested in *spreading* the good news. They would be well pleased at the
efforts of an auditor to hear the Word and spread the News. This makes the
concept all the more interesting, although a different label is needed.
Contrast the following: Imagine a member of the audience coming up to the
actor who portrayed Hamlet and saying, "That was a great soliloquy you did
there; I got the 'To be, or not to be, that is the question! Whether tis
nobler..." etc etc. for several lines, and then saying "but I lost track
after that. Could you repeat what you said after that?" Well, the actor
might not be to eager to recite the same lines for the benefit of the
memorizer. But now imagine the same scene with an evangelist: "That sermon
on the plain was really great, but I can only remember the first three
blessings. What were the other ones?" The reader in this case would
probably be happy to supply the information-- orally. One might even say
that among the evangelists, 'auditory piracy' would have been encouraged?
So in the case of the Synoptics, back-checking might have been an
acceptable practice, whereas in the case of auditory piracy, back-checking
would have been difficult. On the other hand, the distance between
performances might have been greater if a whole gospel were to be heard
only from the bishop's copy as he toured his domain.
Nevertheless, the statistics on the mechanics of similarity between
Shakespearean copies might make interesting comparisons regarding the
Synoptics-- but one should also include statistics on textual variants
within a text tradition.
Would one of the trademarks of auditory piracy be confusion of homonyms? Do
we have any examples of that?
Northern Arizona University
"This success of my endeavors was due, I believe, to a rule of 'method':
that we should always try to clarify and to strengthen our opponent's
position as much as possible before criticizing him, if we wish our
criticism to be worth while." [Sir Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific
Discovery (1968), p. 260 n.*5]
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