Will Hogan Victory Have A Chilling Effect on Sadistic Websites?

Latest stunning developments in the Gawker v Hogan lawsuit, the same day as a Florida judge upheld the verdict and denied Gawker a new trial.

From the NYT article:

“Mr. Thiel has donated money to the Committee to Protect Journalists and has often talked about protecting freedom of speech. He said he did not believe his actions were contradictory. “I refuse to believe that journalism means massive privacy violations,” he said. “I think much more highly of journalists than that. It’s precisely because I respect journalists that I do not believe they are endangered by fighting back against Gawker.”

He continued, “It’s not like it is some sort of speaking truth to power or something going on here. The way I’ve thought about this is that Gawker has been a singularly terrible bully. In a way, if I didn’t think Gawker was unique, I wouldn’t have done any of this. If the entire media was more or less like this, this would be like trying to boil the ocean.”

Comment from Breitbart.com:

“I applaud Peter Thiel for his generous help taking down Gawker. Gawker is only the visible open sore on a malignant internet culture that hides in anonymity while torturing other people to reputational death and sometimes even real death. We shudder at the stories of the old Roman coliseum where people died in gruesome ways for the entertainment of others. Welcome to the 21st century version of the old Roman circus.”

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  2. Amy says:

    Do you think outing someone 10 years ago–10 years ago mind you (!) was a good thing to do? It was very dangerous. Then the subsequent articles of Nick cooing about a possible crush. It was childish and dangerous.

    Also, it’s not uncommon for people and or companies to finance lawsuits.

  3. Stephen Ericson says:
  4. Stephen Ericson says:

    A chilling effect on sadistic websites? I hope so. The NYT’s had this to say this morning: “A 2007 article published by Gawker’s Valleywag blog was headlined, “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.” That and a series of articles about his friends and others that he said “ruined people’s lives for no reason” drove Mr. Thiel to mount a clandestine war against Gawker. He funded a team of lawyers to find and help “victims” of the company’s coverage mount cases against Gawker.”

    I love how the NYT’s editorial team was fine with putting the word victims in quotes. We live in an age of unlimited, unchecked, and frequently unhinged victim-hood.9/10’ths of which the NYT’s if perfectly fine with. But if some group of people want to live their life in a way that that editorial board isn’t in perfect lock step with, I guess that they’re not really victims.

    If Peter Theil wanted to maintain his closeted status, it’s his right to do so. Of course I don’t expect the hive mind to respect that.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/business/dealbook/peter-thiel-tech-billionaire-reveals-secret-war-with-gawker.html?_r=0

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