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.
Welcome to Ordinary Times
You’ll notice things have changed around the site today.
For one thing, we’ve overhauled the look and functionality of the blog. We’ve also taken the active sub-blogs and grafted them into the home page in a way that is hopefully easier to navigate and manage for both admins and readers.
We’ve also changed the name of the site to Ordinary Times.
This is after months (years?) of discussion about our previous name, The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, which—while clever—was viewed by many as quite possibly sexist and at the very least a moniker which might turn away female readers and potential contributors.
Ordinary Times also sounds a little bit more like a news site or professional blog, which is something many people writing here wanted for reasons both personal and professional.
The spirit of the site—civil discussion and debate, a wide-range of views and opinions, etc—will remain the same, and hopefully grow. We hope to be more inclusive, more diverse, and more space awesome than ever before.
And because no site overhaul and redesign is complete without one, this is also time for our annual fund-raiser. If you like where we’ve gone over the years and if you want even more good content and a faster, better website in the future, I hope you’ll consider donating a few of your hard earned dollars to the cause.