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Law and New Media: West of Everything

Edited by: Peter Goodrich, Marco Wan, Christian Delage

ISBN13: 9781474445825
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00
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Here, international specialists from new and established domains of law, media, film and virtual studies address the emergence of the jurist in the era of digital transmission. Examining the jurisprudence of new visual technologies – from the cinema of the early twentieth century to the social media of our own time – this volume explores the multiple intersections of these visual technologies and the law from the theoretical insight they generate to the nature of law to the impact they have on doctrinal development.

Part One tracks the media, the technologies and apparatuses of modern law. It looks specifically at the acoustics of architecture, emblematic texts, films of trials, the prohibition of cameras in courtrooms and the rules of contempt, televised reporting of law, and the multiple fora and chat rooms of Facebook, vblogs, #hashtag law and the mobile-optimised web. Part Two examines the jurisprudential questions raised by new visual and virtual reality technologies of the 21st century. Will social media lead to social law? The force of legal remediation? Virtual courts and online judges? Paperless trials? Electronic discovery? All of these developments impact how we conceive of the practice of law.

Key Features

  • Includes an international range of contributions and coverage, from the United States and Europe to the Middle East and China
  • Presents a firm historical foundation for considering the connections between law and new forms of media
  • Includes a range of contributions from established scholars and promising new voices in the field
  • Examines a wide range of new media, from online platforms to virtual reality

Media and Entertainment Law
List of Figures
1. Introduction: West of Everything
Christian Delage, Peter Goodrich and Marco Wan
Part I: Heading West
2. The Aesthetics of ‘Convivencia’. Visualising a Mode of Living Together in Al Andalus
Raja Sakrani
3. Auriculation
Peter Goodrich
4. Pasteur (William Dieterle, 1936): A Transmedia Pioneering Role in Health Imagery and Sanitary Public Policies
Claire Demoulin
5. Souvenir, Fiction, Imaginary. Times of Fascism in The Conformist by Alberto Moravia and Bernardo Bertolucci
Thibault Guichard
6. The Law of the Father and The Order of Time: Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter
Christian Delage
7. The Litigating Dead: Zombie Jurisprudence in The Walking Dead, World War Z and The Rising William MacNeil
8. Lifestyle: How to Become an Image
Emanuele Coccia
Part II: New Frontiers of Jurisprudence
9. Virtual Judges in Immigrant Detention: The Mise en Scène of No-show Justice
Michelle Castaneda
10. Facebook and the (Legal) Personality of Animals
Christopher Hutton
11. Moral Choices and Legal Norms in Videogames and Interactive Film
Antoine Rocipon
12. Synesthetic Law. Or, How VR Teaches Us to Perceive Law Differently
Daniela Gandorfer
13. Visual Advocacy: The Case of Same-sex Marriage
Marco Wan
14. Kamikaze Law: On the Aesthetics of the Legal War on Terror
Laurent De Sutter