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.
Slow and steady wins the race, especially if it’s in bacon fat
I thought this deserved at least an Off The Cuff post:
I was looking at our stats today and noticed that we have a new “Most Page Hits Ever” post — in fact, it looks like it’s been the most popular for a while. And the truth is I went to the stats page to specifically see if it was the most viewed yet, because behind the scenes we’ve all known this day was coming for about a year.
Before now, the most viewed posts were Russell’s Patient BW, DOB 2.16.1971, Mark’s A North Carolina Controversy, and one I did about my parents second date. All of those posts went viral and caused massive but temporary spikes in our site’s stats. The new number one? I’m not sure it’s ever had much more than 1,000 hits a day — but it gets close to that each day, every day, seven days a week, month after month, year after year. Wanna guess what the post was on? Some insightful election analysis, perhaps? Something arguing for or against libertarianism that somehow managed to work in ALLCAPS accusations of racism? Rush fans who get vaccinated while they’re in the hospital being circumcised by James Franco?
Nope: Sam’s How to Make a (Basic) Ground Beef Chili.
Anyway, I thought I’d post this little announcement once I saw– partially to allow Sam to do a victory lap, and partially because I went back and reread it for the first time since he posted it back in 2012. I’d forgotten how incredibly entertaining a read it is. You should all go back and read it, and help pad his ever-growing, cancer-like stats. Seriously, it’s really space-awesome.
There’s probably a lesson to be learned here somewhere, and it assuredly has something to do with steady tortoises, quality writing, and fascism vs.bacon fat.
In a billion year fro now, our sun will have died out and the human race will be a distant, long-forgotten memory, and Sam’s chili recipe will still be racking up page hits.