Sixty percent of bloggers feel they are at risk of a libel lawsuit for something they have written to their blogs according to this New York Times magazine article yesterday. Now people are afraid to rant in social situations for fear it will end up being published by some anonymous blogger hoping to get a $300,000 book deal like “Washingtonienne” who was identifying high-up-in-the-government lovers by their initials. Couples need to determine what’s on and off the record. Single bloggers should avoid the subject lest they turn away potential suitors. As the article says:
In the age of blogs, all citizens, no matter how obscure, will have to adjust their behavior to the possibility that someone may be writing about them.
Well there’s a real positive advertisement for blogging. Oy.