How has the Internet affected the issue of Libel?
According to Pember and Calvert (2011) a litigant cannot recover damages in a Libel case unless the plaintiff distinguishes whether the defendant is a public official or public figure. The plaintiff must also prove that the media source knowingly distributed false information intentionally defaming the plaintiff's character, or that the media source displayed blatant disregard for the truth and printed false content anyway. Libel and slander are equally considered defamation but differs in terms of how the defamation is rendered. Libel occurs when the defamatory remarks are written and published to a third party and made public. Slander is any verbal remark or comment about someone in the presence of a third party.
In today's society information is distributed in various ways and may represent an individual's interpretation of an event and can often misconstrue the intended meaning of an event. The Internet is a powerful entity that possesses the ability to spread information (negative or positive) quicker than the speed of light. We are living in a society where bloggers have an influential presence that may cause harm to the most unsuspecting candidate.
In retrospect, a high school student was suspended from school after it was discovered that he created a Myspace page that mocked the school principal in Layshock v. Hermitage School ...
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