Courtney Love’s Libel Trial Inspires This Proposed Fix for Twitter Defamation
Courtney Love case could shape law on Twitter defamation
Courtney is not just another dumb blond even if she appears to be. As an activist, she wrote an intelligent letter defending musicians from music industry corruption
‘…Love’s lawyers argue that the wild and woolly world of the Internet has created a different set of norms around defamation. The digital world is rife with exaggeration, rumor, and over-the-top invective, and users know that. Love’s accusations, her lawyers argue, should be seen in that light.
‘In allowing the case to go to trial, the judge in the case soundly rejected that argument. Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard professor of law and computer science, agrees with the judge that Twitter shouldn’t reshape the way courts see defamation. The distinctions courts use to decide whether a statement is libelous—whether it’s presented as fact (potentially libelous) or opinion (usually protected), whether the writer knew the statement to be false—don’t disappear because the writing in question is a tweet rather than an essay…’
2 Kinds of writers according to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:
‘There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject’s sake, and those who write for writing’s sake. The first kind have had thoughts or experiences which seem to them worth communicating, while the second kind need money and consequently write for money.’
The Economics and Ethics of the Web and Modern Publishing
‘…one of Schopenhauer’s most prescient points has to do with the presentism bias and news fetishism of our culture, something I’ve long lamented. As someone who spends an enormous amount of time and energy on excavating yesteryear’s timeless and timely ideas about issues we grapple with today — those immutable concerns of the human soul, ranging from love to education to happiness to science and spirituality to the meaning of life — I am constantly astounded by how much more thoughtfully, thoroughly, and effectively many of these issues are addressed in older writings than in what we see on the news today. Schopenhauer, in a perfect meta-example, writes:
No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress…’
The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers
‘I’ve been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about.
‘Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.
‘It also features actionable tips for you on how to implement them in your own writing…’
How Big Data Illuminates Human Culture
The Library of Congress alone contains 33 million books
‘Aiden and Michel have focused their efforts on one particular, and particularly important, aspect of the big-data universe: books. More specifically, the more than 30 million books digitized by Google, or roughly a quarter of humanity’s existing books. They call this digital library “one of the most fascinating datasets in the history of history,” and it certainly is — not only due to its scale, which exceeds the collections of any university library, from Oxford’s 11 million volumes to Harvard’s 17 million, as well as the National Library of Russia with its 15 million and the National Library of China with its 26 million. At the outset of Aiden and Michel’s project, the only analog library still greater than the Google Books collection was the Library of Congress, which contains 33 million — but Google may well have surpassed that number by now…’