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The Streisand Effect

In the light of the recent hoo-hah discussed by SL here involving Melinda Tankard-Reist suing blogger Jennifer Wilson for defamation I thought I might revisit the notion of the Streisand effect, because as Russell Blackford has commented, we may be seeing an instance of it unfolding before our eyes. The term Streisand effect was coined after […]

Roman à clef, not quite

One way–in days gone by, when the West at least was less free–for authors to satirize the Great and the Good was for them to employ the roman à clef, or ‘novel with a key’. The actual phrase was coined by leading French author Madeleine de Scudéry, who used the technique to do just that: […]

Defamation and the Net – beware anonymous defamatory comments…

The Montreal Gazette reports that ?mainstream media outlets are increasingly cracking down on anonymous commenters on their site: ?This month, Thomson Reuters, one of the largest media companies in the world, announced it would no longer allow anonymous comments on its website, citing the comments’ “repetition, taste, legal risk or political bias”. The shift away […]

Offence, the Net and the Law

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer of Voltaire) Disapproving of what someone says but defending their right to say it is sometimes very hard. It sounds fine in principle…until you see something that is really challenging to your ideas […]