Jan 052011
 
 January 5, 2011  Online

Dan Gillmor has also written a response to the commentary in the New York Times by Stanley Fish that’s attracted so much attention.  Dan writes, in part:

If Fish’s description of the book is accurate, the authors are offering a cure that is much more dangerous than the disease: They would require Internet sites to take legal responsibility for what other people post on their sites.

Worse, they pay too little attention to the people who can do most to solve this problem. Who are those people? Us, you and me, who are the audiences for speech. We are the ones who need to take more responsibility. I’ll come back to this, but first let’s understand why the authors’ fix would stifle online speech in dangerous ways.

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