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.
Thursday Night Bar Fight #1: What will be socially verboten in the future?
Note: Thursday Night Bar Fights is a FP feature I’ve been meaning to start for a while now, after a great suggestion by DRS. In a nutshell, each Thursday I’ll offer up a topic for folks to chime in and argue about – but each question will be the kind of pointless but fun query that gets friends passionately arguing after one too many beers. Each question will be the kind that requires no expertise; anyone insisting they’re arguing from authority on these topics will be full of it. Think: Stupid Tuesday Questions, only stupider, on the Front Page, and without brilliant essays to accompany them. Anyone that has a Bar Fight they’d like to start should feel free to email me a question for consideration in future weeks.
Over in Sam’s threads, there was some pondering over whether or not eating meat would be viewed in the same light as we now view segregation in 100 years. This got me thinking, and so this week’s Thursday Night Bar Fight question is this:
You are able to travel 500 years in the future and witness a college lecture on Early 21st Century History. Needless to say, all the students in the future consider us to be a backwards and morally un-evolved lot.
What normal, everyday thing that’s part of our day-to-day lives – a part so mundane that it’s not really controversial now – will people 500 years from now judge us as borderline evil for not condemning?
Bonus Question: What major events (political, natural, advances in technology, etc.) will have occurred in between now and then that caused such a change in perspective?
Answer, disagree and discuss below.