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.
So here we are, just a few weeks out from a federal election, albeit a non-Presidential election, where at least one, and possibly both, Houses of Congress is likely to change hands. There’s certainly no shortage of election-related stories, even if most of them are the typical non-troversies or involve long-shot candidates. But it doesn’t seem like anything’s really burning up the blogosphere right now, at least not in terms of things that are sparking real and sustained interest. I’m also not the only one to notice this. Usually things get really fun and interesting in the blogosphere around election time, even in off-cycle years. But not this year.
What gives? Has the blogosphere reached Peak Cynicism and is greeting the elections with a giant, collective eyeroll (I hope, I hope!)? Is it just the calm before the storm? Is it something else? Or is my perception just totally wrong?