In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
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Lately I find the real distinction between old and new media most obvious when comparing blogs to op/ed columns. Really, I enjoy Ross Douthat’s blog at the New York Times so much more than his weekly column there. I imagine it’s also a lot more fun to write a blog than a weekly column as well. Ross seems to have more fun on the blog.
Blogs are more visceral, more immediate, and more personal. Columns feel stiff and confined – no matter who’s writing them. Blogs may not be able to imitate narrative journalism. They may not be able to capture the breadth or depth of a good long-form piece, or the hard data and real reporting of actual news stories. But one thing they can do is make the traditional op/ed column seem awfully archaic.
Of course, blogs can’t be replicated in print. So as long as dead-tree papers are with us, we’ll have the column too. All I know is that I wouldn’t mourn the column’s passing the way I would mourn the death of long-form narrative journalism. There can be strength in limits, of course. 800 words can make what would otherwise be a long and rambling piece into something tight and concise. But you can do it even better with a blog.