Mr. Ellsberg obsessively made copies of his copies, even enlisting the help of his children in what she describes as an act of radical self-publishing. “Even though we think of copying now as perfunctorily ripping something off, he was expressing himself by Xeroxing,” [Professor Lisa Gitelman] said. ... The Pentagon Papers were a landmark, in her view, not just in the antiwar movement, but in a “Xerox revolution” that allowed citizens to seize hold of official documents, and official knowledge, and turn them to their own purposes as never before.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Copying as speech redux
This NYT article on the history of the paper trail includes a discussion of the expressive value of copying the Pentagon Papers: