Files Law and Media Technology

ISBN-10: 080475151X

ISBN-13: 9780804751513

Edition: 2008

Authors: Cornelia Vismann, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

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Quod non est in actis, non est in mundo. (What is not on file is not in the world.) Once files are reduced to the status of stylized icons on computer screens, the reign of paper files appears to be over. With the epoch of files coming to an end, we are free to examine its fundamental influence on Western institutions. From a media-theoretical point of view, subject, state, and law reveal themselves to be effects of specific record-keeping and filing practices. Files are not simply administrative tools; they mediate and process legal systems. The genealogy of the law described in Vismann'sFilesranges from the work of the Roman magistrates to the concern over one's own file, as expressed in the context of the files kept by the East German State Security. The book concludes with a look at the computer architecture in which all the stacks, files, and registers that had already created order in medieval and early modern administrations make their reappearance.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Cornelia Vismann is currently a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She worked for many years previously as a lawyer in Berlin and the former East Berlin.

Acknowledgments
Preface: Off the Record
Law's Writing Lessons
From Translating to Legislating
From Documents to Records
Governmental Practices
From the Bureau to Data Protection
Files into Icons
Notes
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