Portraits of law as it is represented. Comparing media depictions and legal interactions

Author/s Antonia Cava
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/1 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 163-171 File size 111 KB
DOI 10.3280/SD2011-001008
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Some media sources generate society’s living law, quite apart from its more strictly juridical dimension. This article sets out to analyse the role played by the media in "building" the law: when the law is narrated by the media, it shapes the framework within which viewers make their own "legal interpretations". This is because the interpretation of media narratives suggests a certain approach to knowing the law. It is important to bear in mind how these media sources concur with the thinking, the images and the words that are generated in human interactions outside the media in everyday life. We are a combination of media fantasy and real life, two dimensions that we touch on constantly as they cross one another’s paths. That is why the reality of the legal system as a sphere of law is constantly crossing paths with the face put on it by the media, which determine a certain way of imagining what the law is.

Keywords: Media, Representation, Court hearing, Dramatics

Antonia Cava, Una rassegna sul diritto rappresentato. Racconti mediali e interazioni giuridiche a confronto in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 1/2011, pp 163-171, DOI: 10.3280/SD2011-001008