Print-Internet relations

  • As bloggers talk up (or run down) their sex lives and professors — and sometimes the sex lives of their professors — on the Internet, Jeffrey Rosen wonders what privacy standards apply to blog posts. He contends that, with the continued proliferation of blogs, “citizens will have to develop new understandings about what parts of our lives are on and off the record.” A former law professor of mine has written extensively on the community standard in the context of Internet defamation cases. Some of her arguments may be germane to issues raised in the privacy arena.
  • Will the Internet revolutionize publishing? Bubble Generation advances some thoughtful arguments that extend beyond the usual “yay, ebooks and bloggers!” line of reasoning. Educated skeptics are reponding in the comments, anonymously, so why not add your $.02? (Via Mike Gerber.)
  • Last year Random House sold its stake in Barnes & Noble online. Now, says a B&N spokesperson, “they’re wanting to compete with us.”

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