“As cool as a copy of the Constitution from the eighteenth century would have been, I wanted to use a copy that is from the twenty-first century, and that reflects my passion for technology and my hope for the future,” — Suzi LeVine

Oaths-and-Books

It’s not only the content of a book that conveys information but the form of the book as well. I usually introduce the topic of material culture of the book by asking people to consider the pros and cons of singing with hymnal versus powerpoint or praying from a four volume printed breviary or from divineoffice.org.

In May the American Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein took her oath of office by swearing on a Kindle. This New Yorker article explores many interesting perspectives and ritual consequences of changing the form of the book in this civic public ritual.

 

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