“Cyber Loophole”

The Washington Post editorial of yesterday, discussed here, draws a familiar distinction, between blogging and other activities on the Internet, that those arguing for regulation have come to rely on. They have been arguing that blogging of some kind should be protected, but that the remaining territory of the Internet is fair game. Their defense of the blogger is not entirely unqualified, since it has been proposed that bloggers’ immunity from regulation end with any active engagement with candidates or parties, such as in accepting money from them. There is also the ominous suggestion that blogging, while needing protection, should be “defined.” Overall, however, the blogger is the object of much solicitude, since she represents in this debate the unimpeachable value of individual self-expression. The general sense of blogging—its very personal uses by a large and growing part of the population—is nicely captured in an article also appearing in this morning’s Washington Post. Yiku Noguchi, “Cyber-Catharsis: Bloggers Use Web Sites as Therapy,” Washington Post (Oct. 12, 2005) at A1.

Cyber Loophole II: ‘Blogging’,” by Bob Bauer, More Soft Money Hard Law, October 12, 2005

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