Words Die Hard on th eWeb
kbergin at stcl.edu
Wed Mar 7 11:57:01 PST 2007
Thus the fault line in the argument that "the cure to bad speech is more
Bullying on the web is in fact impossible to respond to. Any response
generates more bullying. A non-response gives bullies the last word. Under
these circumstances, the value of the marketplace is a myth.
And as the article shows, internet based bullying generates more than just
an emotional/physical response in the victim. Law firms, as the article
says, are hesitant to hire someone who is "a lightening rod." Yet she is
only a lightening rod because a third party (or third parties) decided to
make her one. The hecklers control of the market place and law firms are
being led them.
Lynne, do you have info on the "correction" site you mentioned. Im curious
about how it works. Factual corrections are one thing, but how you do you
"correct" an assertion that an identified prof/lawyer/student has engaged in
(insert vile sexual activity of choice), or is a (insert vile
sexual/racial/etc. epithet of choice).
On a strategic level, some of us "lightening rods" have tried to inundate
the web with professionally positive postings in the hopes that it will
bottleneck the rest of what's out there.
From: conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu
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Subject: WaPo: Words Die Hard on th eWeb
On a serious side--this is harmful speech and virtually impossible to
respond to, no/ Although a correctio nsite has been started. . . .
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2705.html?referrer=emailarticle> Words Die Hard on the Web
By Ellen Nakashima
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and
completed internships at leading institutions in her field. So when the Yale
law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer, she was
concerned that she had only four call-backs. She was stunned when she had
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