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Book review: 'Medium Law'

Mangan, D. (2018). Book review: 'Medium Law'. European Journal of Law and Technology, 9(2),


Have you ever wondered how to package the vast amounts of regulation in the growing area of media law? Daithí Mac Síthigh offers the law of the medium as a tool for this effort. He explores the emerging notion of convergence and engages with the task of better regulation through improve legislative writing. The book contains an eclectic yet instructive range of examples, from media to ritual, that points out the ‘need to take a more holistic approach to media-related research.’ Medium Law is distinct as legal scholarship. It does not set out a new theory. It is also not a book about one discrete area of law. Instead, Mac Síthigh provides, in thought form, something that is quite practical and which we deal within each day: how to sift through all the regulation out there? This is not to suggest he advocates convergence. Rather, he contends ‘the idea of converged, cross-platform, medium-neutral media regulation is unattainable in practice and potentially undesirable in substance.’ Though the focus is on media law, Mac Síthigh admits that ‘there is a strong normative dimension in that asking question s in this way is based on an assumption (which some would contest) that there is value in categorising media regulation in this fashion.’ Medium Law is an engaging, thought-provoking book and a unique offering insofar as whether or not the reader agrees w ith the analysis, it will unquestionably lead to further probing of the premise applied to legal regulation.

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Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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