Sobering words from Brooks Jackson:
Bloggers are ill prepared to deal with the tests they will be facing soon, mainly how to deal with lawsuits. I doubt that pro-bono legal representation will go very far in keeping a blogger going in the face of a big libel suit from a determined corporate opponent, or from an aggressive prosecutor. I suspect blogging is (legally speaking) right now about where Napster was, before the record industry went after it.
I hope he is wrong about this.
P.S. I originally mistakenly attributed the opinion to Jay Rosen. The comment is indeed posted at Jay’s site, but was actually made by Brooks Jackson, who is one of many people whom Jay asked to name “one thing you changed your mind about.” Unfortunately, when I quickly scanned Jay’s post this morning, the Brooks Jackson quote caught my eye, but I entirely missed the context.