The Theory of Generativity
David G. Post
Temple University School of Law
May 1, 2010
Fordham Law Review Vol. 78, No. 6, 2010
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-17
This paper was written in response to a request from the editors of the Fordham Law Review, who were organizing a symposium (held in Dec. 2009) focused on my book (In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace) and Jonathan Zittrain’s (The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It). Zittrain and I often joked, while were working on our respective books, that we were actually preparing different versions of the same book, and though it was just a joke, as it turns out there was something to it. In this essay, I describe the ways in which In Search of . . . is really all about “generativity” (though the term doesn’t appear therein), and the ways in which The Future of . . . has more Jefferson in it than might be apparent at first glance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Cyberspace, Cyberspace Law, Jefferson, Generativity, Internet Law, Scale
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 7, 2010 ; Last revised: September 27, 2010
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