Edited by Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes and Marco Goldoni
Chapter 9: Rhetoric, semiotics, synaesthetics
The oft heralded death of rhetoric has given birth to a plurality of new disciplines and practices of advocacy and transmission of law. Remediation, the digitalization and virtualization of legal sources, has untethered the juridical from its previous and exclusive dependence upon archives and texts. Law has become imaginal and circulates increasingly in fragments and bytes, hashtags and tweets, images and gifs that increasingly challenge and change how we view, interact with and apprehend the legal. The lawscape becomes an atmosphere encountered, inhabited, dreaded or aspired to as the condition of social existence. As the theatrocratic modes of sovereign presence unleash constantly mutating representations of governance, the ambit of law’s rhetoric – of what the medieval era aptly termed rectorica – expands to fill the void of social meaning.
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