Chapter 10: Torts Through the Looking Glass

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Students today view the world relative to its representations in digital media. This digital looking glass, or mirror, of reality incorporates fact and fiction and has itself come to define our popular culture. Accordingly, today’s students benefit from the examination and analysis of challenging subject matter in the real world relative to its digital imaginings. Instructors in torts can promote learning by bringing into the classroom popular cultural expressions extracted from the vast audiovisual libraries of the Internet. These demonstrative exhibits can be used to support problem analysis, to explore policy and theory, to bridge study and practice, and to raise issues in professionalism. This chapter demonstrates the range of multimedia material available in popular culture today with relevance to torts. My aim is to encourage instructors to build their own libraries of materials and to enhance student learning by holding up torts to the looking glass.


Book chapter from The Media Method: Teaching Law with Popular Culture.