[FoRK] Different standards for slander / libel / calumny - The Age of Propaganda
sdw at lig.net
Tue Feb 2 10:19:05 PST 2010
Isn't it interesting how politicians, pundits, and rabble rousers get
away with slander and libel in ways that far exceed the legal limits of
commercial and personal abuse?
If equivalent people or organizations were to make such statements that
stretch or simply ignore the truth about, say, GE or Sony or anyone with
enough money to prosecute a case, they'd be taken down very quickly.
Yet, we allow it for political people and groups with impunity, almost
without comment by most. Those that know better just ignore it, however
those that don't are infected with some randomly distributed local
subset of flawed ideas which lead to blind bias. And many of those that
are ignorant in various ways are provided immunity from enlightenment
much like those religious groups that teach that anyone disagreeing with
their creed at all is an agent of the devil and is just trying to trick
them. Protective memes around a core of crap.
With the Internet and certain polarization of "News" media, it seems
qualitatively different than the past. We've always had a largely
ignorant public, however it used to be more clear to more people which
speakers were more ignorant than others.
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