- Jan 2022
The mere scribe and the mere compiler have disappeared (almost completely), and the mere commentator has become very rare. Each exists only insofar as any author in creating his own work cannot do without some copying, some compiling (or research), and some commenting.
The digital era has made copying (scriptor) completely redundant. The click of a button allows the infinite copying of content.
Real compilators are few and far between, but exist in niches. Within social media many are compiling and tagging content within their accounts.
Commentators are a dime a dozen and have been made ubiquitous courtesy of social media.
Content creators or auctors still exist, but are rarer in the broader field of writing or other contexts.
St. Bonaventura (1221-1274) found that there are basically four ways of 'making books' (modi faciendi librum):"A man might write the work of others, adding and changing nothing in which case he is simply called a 'scribe' (scriptor).""Another writes the work of others with additions which are not his own; and he is called a 'compiler (compilator).""Another writes both others’ work and his own, but with others’ work in principal place, adding his own for purposes of explanation; and he is called a 'commentator' (commentator) …""Another writes both his own work and others' but with his own work in principal place adding others' for purposes of confirmation; and such a man should be called an 'author' (auctor).’"