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In this class, the two "cultures" are 1) the modern global economic and legal "culture" (stretching fromabout the 17th century to now) and 2) the Ancient Greek and Roman Empires (stretching from c. 500B.C.E to about 200A.C.E.Within these two enormous stretches of time, we will the study the particular practices of reading, writing, interpreting,authorizing, owning, buying, borrowing, sharing, stealing and selling texts (poetry and literature), works of science andart, or other important documents. We will also consider how the modern notion of "information" can be compared to thingslike writing, reading and understanding.

It is always important to remember that we can also compare within these different traditions. Even if the "culture" of the Bororo isrelatively stable over hundreds of years, that doesn't mean there are alternatives within it. Alternative, underground,oppositional, criminal and critical traditions exist in every culture. It is only on CNN and at the White House whereeveryone is said to believe the same thing.

Law custom and convention

The class will focus primarily on the diverse meanings of authorship andownership. In the modern period, all forms of information and entertainment, as well as much or our lives are deeplydependent on formal law (i.e. that made by national legislatures and courts), especially intellectual propertylaw. In the ancient world, formal written law was not quite so pervasive--however, that does not mean there were notstrong customs or conventions for how life and literature were governed. Similarly, the function and role of literature andart in the modern period can be contrasted with that in the ancient period. Sometimes what we read will seem arcane andimpenetrable (whether it is legal jargon, scholarly jargon or difficult poetry), but remember that we are interested inunderstanding not just the texts themselves, but the contexts as well (see the module Tips for Reading). Over the course ofthe semester, we will consider the following questions in more detail. Consider how you would answer them now.

What are some functions of formal law?

  • Constraint, repression, regulation, domination?
  • A prediction of how the courts, sovereigns or police will respond to some action?
  • A way to actively change the attitudes and goals of people?
  • A means of control and security?

What's the difference between formal law and informal customs or conventions? Can you think of examples inmodern life where there are laws but no customs, customs but no laws, or where both coexist?

Why does law or custom govern literature or information at all? Why isn't there absolute freedom to say orwrite anything?

Why is intellectual property different from regular property? Why does it require different laws?

What's the difference between plagiarism and theft of intellectual property?

How are law, custom, convention, sovereignty, power and control related?

What's the difference between private and public censorship?

Literature, media, information, text, manuscript

In addition to the issues of law and custom, we will also be considering a wide variety of created objects:poetry, prose, plays, commentary, philosophy, scientific texts and scholarship. We will also consider music, performedpoetry and theatre, film and television etc. The variety of different media is very large, but we will consider both what they say, and how they say it at the sametime. Intellectual property law is concerned with the relationship between ideas, expressions and the manner inwhich they are made tangible, but is possible to ask similar questions about all kinds of objects and media.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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