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Risk for blogs vs. risk for mainstream media

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Interesting note by Julie Hilden, who graduated from Yale Law School and practiced First Amendment law at the D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly from 1996-99. (Hilden is also a novelist. In reviewing Hilden’s novel, 3, Kirkus Reviews praised Hilden’s “rather uncanny abilities,” and Counterpunch called it “a must read…. a work of art.” Hilden’s website, www.juliehilden.com, includes free MP3 and text downloads of the novel’s first chapter.)

Increasingly, print journalism is struggling, as advertising dollars move to the Internet, subscriptions decrease, and newspapers find themselves competing with their own websites – which offer much of the same content the print editions do, free of charge – as well as other websites and blogs. Ironically, too, one common way in which newspapers have responded to money pressures is to make cuts in newsroom staff – and thus to decrease their comparative advantage vis-à-vis bloggers when it comes to offering high-quality content. As a result, it is now quite easy to imagine a near-future world in which print newspapers do not exist at all.

In this column, I’ll focus on one aspect of this important trend: the way in which it will likely alter the legal landscape regarding defamation and, in turn, affect free speech.

The Advantage of Shallow-Pocketed Blogs Versus Deep-Pocketed Media Companies

It used to be the case that news organizations faced essentially no competition at all from individual writers. However, with the advent of the Internet and of blogs – especially blogs written by those with expertise in a particular subject matter – that has changed dramatically. Moreover, blogs have a major financial and free-speech edge over both newspapers and online news sites funded by major media companies: It is generally not worth suing a blog for defamation.

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24 July 2008 at 8:04 am

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Most popular architecture blogs

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9 July 2008 at 4:04 pm

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Fascinating graph of political blog network

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Via Kevin Drum, this interactive graph of the political blogs, news sites, and their interconnections. (Explanation here.)

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24 June 2008 at 9:11 am

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