Cartoons…

A lighthearted way of addressing limitations in the way we currently do, talk, and think about legal and economic phenomena, and how we teach these

It seems bizarre that there are so few writing resources for law students. Ironically, the resources that do exist are usually in the form of books… meaning that if you want to improve your writing, you need to wade through a lot of text first. What if we could convey the main concepts visually?
Visual approaches aren’t only for those who avoid large volumes of text. If we want to interrogate the core concepts in any research or scholarship, we probably ought to address how those concepts are framed. And as my research shows, it’s almost impossible to challenge frames from within. Visual and acoustic approaches can allow us to step outside of linguistic frames (and their intrinsic values and interests) and innovatively rethink how we do, talk, and think about legal and economic phemomena.
Facts bounce off. They bounce off frames, whether these are correct or not. Once those mental models are in place, no amount of factual retelling will change this. We see this with debates about vaccinations and climate change. The answer? Reframing the debate.
Coronavirus: The Workers’ Latest Bargaining Tool for rights in the workplace. Sick pay, holiday pay, maternity and paternity pay have all been rolled back in recent years, and the rise of precarious working practices and “self-employed” status through zero hours contracts has been one aspect of this. The virus has the unique ability to place bargaining power back in the hands of workers. If infection rates are to be reduced, we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to workers being forced to work when sick.

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