Law & Order for Techies: Computers on Law & Order

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Oh, you silly computer, you
Are you a super fan of Law & Order? All 456 episodes and 20 years of it? Well one super fan took his obsession to new—and more academic—heights. Jeff Thompson's project started out when he simply started watching (read: binge-watch) old episodes of Law & Order on Netflix. However, the hobby soon became a project when he started taking screen grabs, and cataloging every instance of a computer in the 20-year run of the show (and its various spin-offs and incarnations).

Now the project, which started as a blog, has morphed into a Museum of the Moving Image exhibit in New York City. Along with the exhibit, he'll host a lecture sharing his findings—and those findings aren't just about pictures and technology. No, Thompson has created a visual history of the evolution (and subsquent cultural impact) of technology on our society—all through the lense of Law & Order.

The lecture and exhibit will open on February 1, at 4 p.m.

Read the full article about Thompson's project and the Rhizome grant at Yahoo! Tech.


  1. Joe Brosnan

    This takes binge-watching to a whole new level. It also reminds me of this spoof: [url=][/url]

  2. Terrie Farley Moran

    Fantastic. Not only am I a huge Law & Order fan, I am a mega fan of the Museum of the Moving Image, an extraordinary venue that you have to enjoy first hand. Whoo hoo-can’t wait.

  3. Clare 2e

    That’s hilarious, Joe, I hadn’t seen it, although I laugh at it all the time. Now, some researchers think the future is identifying criminals from high-res images reflected in their victims’ eyes.

    As they say…ENHANCE!

  4. Joe Brosnan

    Clare, I had to do a double-take to see if that article was posted on April Fool’s Day. I guess those tv writers had it right the whole time…

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