I, Archive: Envisioning and Programming Digital Legality from SyFy's Caprica
Tim Peters and Karen Crawley (eds) Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation Routledge, 2018
38 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2018 Last revised: 14 May 2018
Date Written: February 1, 2018
This chapter charts the demise of the paper archival system of modern law and envisions the key features of its digital successor through SyFy’s short-lived TV show Caprica. Having shown the features of digital legality as inhuman speed, autonomy and hybridity, it is argued that legal theorising needs to become proficient in understanding the schematics of digital legality and its programming. In particular focus should be on establishing pause moments in the code that allow the human and the analogue to manifest and participate in digital legality.
Keywords: law and humanities, science fiction, paper, digital, archive
JEL Classification: K19
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