Chapter 1:
   The Digital Visual Revolution

Digital mash-up:  “Tourist Guy Visits Connecticut’s Crime Lab,”
by Christina Spiesel with thanks to Elaine Pagliaro,
former director of the Connecticut  Department
of Public Safety Forensics Laboratory, and Tourist Guy.

The authors talk about Chapter 1: The Digital Visual Revolution

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Chapter 1, The Digital Visual Revolution, provides the framework for understanding law’s visual and digital transformation.   We explain how pictures make meaning differently than words alone do.  We talk about the differences between perceiving pictures and perceiving reality directly, how people tend to ignore those differences, and why that matters.  We then describe how digital technologies allow people, as never before, to write with pictures:  to communicate using pictures not merely to illustrate words but as coequals in the creation of meaning.  We explore three consequences of this new way of communicating:  many more kinds of pictures are circulating throughout the culture, affecting everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and decisions; pictures are tremendously expanding people’s rhetorical capacities; and, because so many people are communicating, meaning-making is being democratized, changing expectations about whose versions of reality, and whose fantasies, have what kind of authority in the culture.  Every one of these changes in the wider culture has profound implications for law.


Richard Holliday’s recording of the beating of Rodney King can be viewed at: 

Rene Magritte’s This is Not a Pipe, The Treachery of Images is all over the web.  Here’s an interesting conjunction (with a color reproduction): http://robotics.cs.umass/uploads/Main/ActiveSegmentationImage_MagrittePipe.jpg

Writing with pictures:

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is probably the most widely reproduced old master painting in the world.

The original can be found in the Louvre at: M&R Hess’ plain and chunky version can be found at:’s.html

Monica Lewinsky as Mona Lisa:

Fernando Botero’s Mona Lisa is in the museum carrying his name. A reproduction can be found here:

The AARP cover art can be found at: toc_aarp_bulletin_2005_ all.html.

For a wonderful collection of Monas made through unconventional means, see:

Alex Williams on Photoshop™:

Military sponsored video game:

Mass media encouraging participation:

Stephen Colbert’s Green Screen Challenge:

Tourist Guy:

The REAL Tourist Guy:

Abu Ghraib materials:

Richard Serra (scroll down):

Botero on Abu Ghraib:

Child’s Halloween costume:

Star Wars mash-ups: “Monty Python Star Wars” :

“Star Wars Help Desk”:

“StarTrek vs. Star Wars”: v=hNxhrPaaCA4&feature=related