Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Thoughts on the Forbes Article

As timely as ever, Forbes just published a cover article entitled, "Attack of the Blogs" in which the author ravages the irresponsibility of some bloggers and presents suggestions on what to do in the case of cyberlibel.

These suggestions include exposing the libellants, using blogs to fight blogs, and lawsuits. Check, check, check.

As for assessing damages, I would like to also add the suggestion of tracing down links to all related sites that peddle in libel. After a subpeona of their Blogad, Paypal, and GoogleAd revenues and receipts, use those totals to assess the baseline economic damages. Perhaps Posner would also agree. Obviously, libel has been good for the libellant's "business".

In line with the recommendations of the article, here is a map of the Toronto area.

Universities in the area with graduate programs in the humanities:
Brock University
McMaster University
University of Toronto
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University

%--------UPDATE 4 July 2013
The name of the "pseudoanonymous" libellant is ...... (initials EB).

A person who's identity has been confirmed to me. This is now water under the bridge, but we should hope that knowing that the traditional rules for propriety apply to the new medium as well as to the old, we will be able to keep this medium as a venue open to all. The example here of the two academics, Wally and EB was an example of what not to do.

1. Do not attempt to intimidate using the medium. The forum is meant for discourse, not threats.

2. Do not tolerate libels on any sites that you control and do not conspire directly or indirectly with a libellant. Certainly, do not become one yourself.

Disagreement is to be protected. Libel is not. Libel, by the way, has no place in academia and should be pulled out by its roots.