Thursday, October 27, 2005

Forbes Declares Bloggers Enemy #1

AMERICAblog: Forbes magazine tells companies to "dig up dirt" on bloggers

Don't think this country is embracing corporatism as its governing philosophy? That the ascendency of conservatives to power has resulted in less freedom for individuals, while companies become more powerful than ever?

"Forbes provides a 'Fighting Back' special section that tells companies who are criticized by blogs how to fight back. Among Forbes' suggestions, these are my favorites:

BASH BACK. If you get attacked, dig up dirt on your assailant and feed it to sympathetic bloggers. Discredit him.

Yes, that actually came from Forbes. That has to be the most idiotic suggestion I have ever heard. Can you imagine if Microsoft had decided to start digging up dirt on me? Oh imagine the fun we'd have had then. (To Microsoft's credit, it did not.)

Then another great suggestion from Forbes:

ATTACK THE HOST. Find some copyrighted text that a blogger has lifted from your Web site and threaten to sue his Internet service provider under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That may prompt the ISP to shut him down. Or threaten to drag the host into a defamation suit against the blogger. The host isn't liable but may skip the hassle and cut off the blogger's access anyway. Also: Subpoena the host company, demanding the blogger's name or Internet address.

Gee, so file fallacious nuisance lawsuits. Nice."

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