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Re: “Greenwood alderman sics cops on Internet critic UPDATE

Interesting story and I have several takes on. First of all, thing such as libel (written word, slander (spoken), defamation, and violent threats are not protected speech. The first amendment has been abused in this country so the question is did these things occur? I think part of the problem stems from the fact Topix is probably the most disgusting site on the internet. There are tons of comments that site allows that cross the line and there is no defense for that website. There is a story after story about the damage that site does to communities including recent stories by the New York Times and the Today Show. Topix is really bad throughout Arkansas and based on comments by the Attorney General his office gets a ton of complaints regarding Topix. I mention those things for a reason and this is something to consider.

I think anyone with a heart should be concerned about the issue of cyberbullying. It has led to suicides such as Tyler Clementi, Megan Meier, and several others and though I am not a big law person, I think way more does need to be done about that sort of thing. The question here is was this man libeled, defamed, threatened, etc? If he was threatened then police intervention is appropriate. However, there are a few other issues. If it had been a private citizen who had been threatened would the police have intervened? In terms of the comments, were they more steered toward his job performance? There is a difference between being a private citizen and an elected official to a degree. If President Obama for example is criticized for the job he is doing, people have a right to complain and peacefully protest. The first amendment ensures that. However, if someone starts posting lies about let's say his wife or children that is not protected speech and they should be punished for that.

The other issue is the newspaper writer going on what is concerned a gossip site and being so spineless that he refused to post his name. That is, in my estimation an insult to all legitimate journalists who write stories for a living and stand behind their name and word. This writer was too cowardly to even post his name and went to a website which in the past has claimed they want to put journalists out of business.

It is an interesting story that is pretty typical of Topix, a company without ethics that doesn't even have enough faith in itself to do simple things like moderate its forums or require registration which makes the site worthless.

Thanks for reading!

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Posted by Pauline H. on 11/04/2011 at 11:44 AM

 

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