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.
Linky Friday #95
[L1] I previously wrote about a conflict between Kinkisharyo International and the County of Los Angeles. it looks like they’ve worked things out! I’m not sure who blinked, but it looks like Kinkisharyo.
[L2] Laura Smith was a nice boss, and regrets it.
[L3] Infoworld looks at seven myths surrounding programming.
[L4] Teens are having a harder time getting summer jobs. Raising the minimum wage will help, no doubt. More seriously, I suspect that the “future job prospects” aspect cited in the article are comparative, so if none of the teens can get jobs, it’s not necessarily a social loss unless we think that they’re learning valuable job skills.
[L5] The AEI is on board with my Kansas City Plan!
[E1] Stephen Marche explains how Dead Poets Society has ruined our literary culture, while Robert Pindiscio worries that modern curricula and incentives are teaching young people to mostly write about themselves.
[E2] Teachers often feel like they are the punching bags of the current education debate. It turns out that they are still among the highest thought-of jobs, and have become moreso over the last twenty-five years.
[E3] Annie Murphy Paul says that ed tech promoters are generalizing too much from how they learn. I think this is true, but is also true of the education establishment as well.
[E4] The success of some charter schools is often attributed to their ability to kick out underperformers and problem kids. A new Mathmatica study makes the case that it isn’t true for KIPP programs. Personally, I question whether KIPP is scalable, but not on the basis of student selection.
[H2] Reason’s Todd Krainin has a piece on a beautiful, illegal tiny house. There’s a ten minute video. I do wonder how much could be done for density rather than building up, we just let people build small. FEMA trailers for everybody!
[H3] There were two causes to the housing crisis. People are angrier at the “grifters making a killing” part, which I understand, but I fear the bigger part is participants bought into it.
[H4] Conor Friedersdorf argues that urban farming is exacerbating San Francisco’s housing crisis.
[H5] Portland (OR) is nearing approval for tiny houses for homeless people.
[I1] The problematic nature of problematicism. This article is very similar to a piece I linked about Too Many Cooks, though more comprehensive in nature (and somewhat more combative).
[I2] Robin Hanson writes about rituals through the context of sincerity and tradition. This is not a good description – its hard to describe – but I strongly recommend this relatively short post.
[I3] Ewan Morrison argues that late young adult dystopic fiction promotes right-wing libertarianism to young people.
[I5] Daniel McCarthy argues that secession is not a principle of liberty. Ultimately, it’s choosing one community over another community, and so it depends on the communities involved. There is an argument that there is greater liberty involved in a smaller community since you have a larger voice, but smaller communities also tend to have broader consensuses that allow for greater community (instead of individual) control.
[M1] What if some people tried to racist-bait a controversy and nobody showed up?
[M2] David Frum is one of the leading voices against “comprehensive immigration reform” I listen to. Here he explains why he became disillusioned with the arguments of immigration reformers.
[M3] Reihan Salam is concerned about creating a more cohesive and humane society, and thinks that slowing down immigration may be the answer.
[M5] America creates Chinese-Americans, but China doesn’t create American-Chinese. Eric Liu says this is important.
[P1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Sometimes the Internet is awesome. God knows I’ve eaten worse in the Navy.
[P2] From aaron david: This is the biggest timesuck I have seen in a while.
[P3] What’s interesting to me about this map of remaining drive-in theaters is how many of them are in places that I’d think would be kind of cold for it.
[P4] Gordon Lightfoot participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything.
[P5] Chinese movie theaters are experimenting with text messages on the screen to create a social viewing experience.
[P6] Frank Miller helped define Batman, but doesn’t own him.
[P7] This is a pet peeve of mine. Legos are for experimentation, not following instructions. On the other hand, I know that a lot of the legos I had were originally from sets, and after a while it all blends together as instruction manuals get lost.
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