Drawing on the ideas of the theatre director, Bertolt Brecht, this paper will explore the possibility of a 'theatrical jurisprudence'. I am posing this concept of a theatrical jurisprudence in order to consider the ways in which law engages in framing and structuring processes, in which it draws on motifs and methods of idealised types. However, law's approaches are literary and narrative driven, relying on the word and the book. My aim is to find out if the canon of theatre theory can be used to provide law with alternative readings of people's conduct - in this instance, the online world.
In this paper, I will explore the insights that may be gained by drawing on Bertolt Brecht's exploration of the street scene, through which he explained the methods of the Verfremdungseffekte, this paper will explore how chat online and talk of the street, which are fundamentally similar in nature, will be treated by law very differently - simply because the online version is turned into words and thus a literary form - in the context of the Victorian bushfires in early 2009, where talk online continued despite the existence of a suppression order.