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.
Stupid Tuesday questions, Franz Kafka edition
I have not yet visited Disney World with my husband and children. I’m sure that day will come, it just hasn’t happened yet. However, we have traveled as a family, and I know how much work said trips can be.
As is clear from her posts on the subject, Rose clearly had to do a lot of preparation for the journey. Much of that preparation involved looking through a lot of information provided by Disney about the services and accommodations at their parks. In so doing, she came across a disclaimer from the company that characters on hand at Disney World are subject to change without notice.
What this obviously means is that you can’t visit and then demand a refund if your kids never meet Pluto. Maybe it’s Pluto’s day off. There are scads of characters from Disney’s vast hoard of intellectual property roaming around and populating the stores and eateries, but there’s no guarantee which one will be where at any given time. You may have to make do with Belle when your heart’s set on Princess Jasmine.
However, when she mentioned this disclaimer in another social medium, she went on to jokingly suggest that it meant characters would spontaneously transform before your eyes. One minute you’re getting served tea by Cinderella, then boom — it’s Madame Bovary. I then commented on how startling it would be if your kid was posing with Goofy, only to find himself on the lap of a post-metamorphosis Gregor Samsa.
This, of course, led to a back-and-forth of texts where the two of us tried to one-up each other trying to come up with the most outlandishly inappropriate and unsettling character from literature to suddenly appear at Disney World. Since games of this ilk are precisely where I first got the idea for Stupid Tuesday questions, it seemed a perfect idea for a new one.
So that, of course, is this week’s Question — which character from literature would be most heinously out of place standing where Winnie-the-Pooh just was? (I’m going to restrict your choices to literature, because it’s too easy to pick a random horror movie boogieman.) I happen to think I’ve already texted Rose the best answer to the question when were playing our game, but I’m going to hold off and see if anyone else comes up with it.