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: Leftovers and Updates
“They’ll fry you, bleach you, change you! Crack you, flake you away until you’re nothing but a husband, a working man, the one with the money who pays so they can come sit in there devouring their evil chocolates! Do you think you could control them?”
It’s been a busy weekend, and a few small projects have been sapping most of my free time and energy (like a review of Man of Steel I hope to have finished by a mid-week).
Here are some links I’d been saving up for a rainy day then.
Feast your eyes on some Modernism.
On Euro-centrism in philosophy and the Continent’s neglect of non-continental thinkers.
How man kids should a writer have?
Terry Eagleton doing what he does so well.
A former vice-president on what he thinks of the NSA surveillance state.
More on Snowden and the leaks:
James Bamford writes at length about the “Secret War.”
Mike Rogers tries to explain what people misunderstand about how the NSA works (note: pay more attention to what he doesn’t say).
Freddie calls out the administration’s defenders for their double-standard when it comes to skepticism.
And here is a perfect example of just what he’s talking about.
Jeff Jarvis on the potential chilling effect of secret surveillance on the Internet.
A short list of more links on the subject is available via Bill Moyers.
Catching up on Syria and Obama’s dithering:
Maureen Dowd isn’t worth your time, but yesterday’s column exemplifies all of the worst ways to discuss the “Syrian Question.”
An appeal to the G8 leaders not to escalate the conflict in Syria.
The ever frosty Boris Johnson seconds it.
A post from Spencer Ackerman from last year on everyone wants regime change without the hard work of committing to making it a reality.
Samuel Knight attacks the horrible foreign policy echo-chamber (he makes it exclusive to D.C., but it is not).