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Parchment Paper Pixels: Law and the Technologies of Communication

Peter M. Tiersma


Technological revolutions have had an unquestionable, if still debatable, impact on culture and society—perhaps none more so than the written word. 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. Yet each of these technologies has its shadow side: written or printed texts easily become static and the textual practices of the legal profession can frustrate ordinary citizens, who may be bound by documents whose implications t ... More

Keywords: technological revolutions, literacy, print culture, legislation, invention of writing, mass production, legal texts, printing press, computers, Internet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226803067
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226803074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Tiersma, author