Parchment, Paper, Pixels

Parchment, Paper, Pixels

Law and the Technologies of Communication

eBook - 2010
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"Technological revolutions have had an unquestionable impact on culture and society. In the legal realm, the rise of literacy and print culture made possible the governing of large empires, the memorializing of private legal transactions, and the broad distribution of judicial precedents and legislation. These developments promote the rule of law and the certainty of private legal transactions. Yet each of these technologies has its shadow side: written or printed texts lack the flexibility of oral communication, and the literary practices of the legal profession can frustrate ordinary citizens, who may be bound by documents whose implications they scarcely understand. Parchment, Paper, Pixels offers an engaging exploration of the impact of three technological revolutions on the law. Beginning with the invention of writing, continuing with the mass production of identical copies of legal texts brought about by the printing press, and ending with a discussion of computers and the Internet, Peter M. Tiersma traces the journey of contracts, wills, statutes, judicial opinions, and other legal texts through the past and into the future. Though the ultimate effects of modern technologies on our legal system remain to be seen, Parchment, Paper, Pixels offers readers an insightful guide as to how our shifting forms of technological literacy have shaped and continue to shape the nature and practice of law today"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780226803074
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 258 pages)


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