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The Narratives of Cyberspace Law (or, Learning from Casablanca)


Michael J. Madison


University of Pittsburgh - School of Law


Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, 2004

Abstract:     
Cyberspace scholars have wrestled extensively with the question of the "right" metaphorical approach to the Internet, in order to guide legal and policy decisions. Literary theorists have wrestled with the perception that cyberspace undermines conventional ideas about narrative. This Essay suggests that each group could learn from the other. Cyberspace tells a better story than literary scholars believe, and the lawyers should pay more attention to the narrative attributes of cyberspace. To illustrate the argument, the Essay proposes a specific story framework for cyberspace: the film Casablanca.

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Keywords: cyberspace, Internet, narrative, metaphor

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Date posted: October 27, 2003  

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Madison, Michael J., The Narratives of Cyberspace Law (or, Learning from Casablanca). Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=449341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.449341

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