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.
I haven’t posted one of these for some time, but I thought it was time to start sharing some new favorites. Here’s a piece by Bach, a sinfonia from one of his cantatas, that is, an instrumental section from what’s otherwise vocal music. This one is called Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats (On the evening, however, of the same Sabbath), and was written to be performed on the first Sunday after Easter.
The orchestration is exceedingly simple: a small group of strings, a tiny double-reed section (two oboes and a bassoon) and the usual basso continuo (harpsichord plus string bass, cello, or violone). The strings begin with a simple theme, the woodwinds join in with a contrasting one, the two play in counterpoint, and it’s on. Like many of Bach’s best works, it gives the feeling of inevitability, having been discovered rather than written.
Here’s a particularly good rendition from the Academy of Ancient Music:
Photo by TheTimeTraveler!