Friday, August 26, 2005

How to kill the blogosphere

How To Kill the Blogosphere

Do you have a blog?

Do you check the truthfulness of every comment posted at your blog?

Do you make sure that no comments are slander, libel, defaming, or otherwise subject to legal prosecution by an individual, company, or organization?

Someone may decide to sue you, not for what you write, but for what someone else posted as a comment.

Sued for comments by others, posted at your blog.

Think this is just a paranoid fantasy? Guess again. It's happening right now, and you, or I, could be next in line.

Lawsuits based on comments at a blog is the new gloom and doom for the blogosphere. It could mean the end of all blogs. Think it can't happen? Think again.

I'm tired of blogocombat, but I'm forced into it every day. This time, I'll let my buddy Dave Taylor clue you in.

"SEO Book's Aaron Wall Sued
Over Comments on His Weblog

by Dave Taylor
August 26, 2005

What are we bloggers going to do? If we disable comments, if we don't allow our readers to interact with us, then blogs will be nothing but link logs or pulpit pounding. Candid conversations with customers or fans will no longer exist.

Very few readers will interact with a blog via email.

Even if readers do email a blog author, if the blogger posts these emailed comments in their blog, we're right back where we started. It will just be a more convoluted form of the same thing: a blog with reader comments. Comments that might result in lawsuits.

Read his post, then consider posting your opinion on his blog. Let him know what you think of this garbage. And/ a comment here at this blog.


[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



My second comment that I posted to Dave's blog under this topic...


Since blogs are a powerful and increasingly popular vehicle for stating all sorts of controversial, combative, and confrontational viewpoints, there will be misanthropic forces determined to silence or control the blogosphere and its contents.

We have seen the extreme measures used to regulate, license, and stifle expression in radio and television.

I have been predicting that the free-for-all ideological expressive anarchy, or freedom from tyranny, in the blogosphere will not last for long.

The McCain-Feingold legislation, trying to claim that a link to, or even a remark about, a politician is a "financial contribution", was just one of the early steps in this direction of thought control and mental repression.

Here is the rumbling of yet another avenue of dictatorial control. Amorphous, tangled, and imprecise, the floundering will crystalize eventually into stern measures designed to limit free expression of political, religious, sexual, philosophical ideology.

We in the blogging community must rise up to understand the issues, with the kind help of professionals in the realms of law and ethics.

Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate on August 28, 2005 11:23 AM



Yet another comment I posted to Dave's blog:


Will an erudite scholar please address the issue of blogger initiating a lawsuit against a comment poster, pursuant to his right to protect his blog from cyber vandalism, graffitti, or other defacing of digital property, i.e., the blog itself?

If a comment is researched with due diligence and a reasonable amount of time and effort, and the blogger, based on this prudent activity, is sure in his own necessarily fallible and limited understanding, that the comment is not damaging or false, how can the blogger be liable?

This is a big stinking pile of you know what.

Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate on August 29, 2005 02:25 PM


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Karen said...

Gives you a chill down your spine to think you could be libel for what others write on your blog.

Not only do you have to be very conscious of what you write on your own blog (or comment on others), now you could be sued for a stranger's comments on your blog.

So, now people are being sued, in addition to being fired for blogging. One questions whether it's worth it or not?

Very interesting post to read, especially Dave Taylor's post and comments.

Thanks for the eye-opener.

steven edward streight said...

I still think a blogger can destroy or damage a company that tried to sue him or her.

Think of how more and more people trust quality blogs and are turning their backs on corporate communications, web sites, MSM, other propaganda.

Think of how a story moves like lightning through the blogosphere.

Think of the more obscure and powerful weapons we have, that attorneys and companies do not fully understand.

Think of how blogs are commanding major media attention...

For Example...

...this very story, on Dave Taylor's blog, being picked up by The Wall Street Journal.

And the attorney agreed with me, in the comment thread at Dave's blog, that a company better think twice about suing a blogger.

Consider blogrolling or visiting Dave's blog.

It's getting better and better, one of the very few marketing blogs that is full of juicy meat and an stark minimum of fat (personal trivia, conferences attended, irrelevant tangents, etc.).

And don't worry too much.

We Shall Overcome.