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Like most academics, I veer back and forth between conversations among IP law colleagues and conversations in which I explain what I do to everyone else. The two styles of discourse usually don’t resemble each other much. At last, however, I seem to have stumbled onto a shorthand that works in both communities. Last weekend a non-IP, non-law professional colleague asked about my current paper project. I said that I’m working on a theory of information policy. She looked blank and repeated her question, more or less. I said, “It’s about metaphor.” Ah, she replied. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.

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  1. Bruce – The new paper is a better working out of ideas that appeared first, in preliminary form, in Metaphor, Objects, and Commodities
    54 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 141 (2006) (with my colleague George Taylor). Mike

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