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.
Driving Blind: Cthulhu, Piracy in Real Time and the Enlightenment
Ted Heller feels like he’s betraying someone, or something, every time he picks up his new e-reader. Maybe though he should consider more deeply the nature of this perceived betrayal before taking to the pages of Salon to write about it.
What would George Orwell think about the Internet’s effect on the English language?
This man is worried about his finances even though his gross income is over $500,000 a year. But is a $32,000 Lexus really an “average car?”
Ariel Bogle notes the rise of disreputable, “open access” pseudo-academic journals, given the void created by the slow transition to digital formats of more vetted publications.
James Kwak considers Corey Robin’s “Marginal Children” essay in light of Americans’ penchant for voting against their economic interests.
Labor is increasingly being outsourced to ever more sophisticated and cost-saving technology. How long before capitalism subdues the drones and brings them home to roost (or deliver tacos, Amazon packages, and local WiFi)?
A good overview of the debates, academic and public, surounding the Enlightment’s enduring legacy.
Cthulhu recreated in Lego form.
Even cooler: an art installation at Montreal’s Eastern Bloc gallery features a visualization of movie file sharing in real time. Nicolas Maigret devised the project and explains it more in an interview here.