Pulled from the comment trail:
It may not be illegal to lie, but it's now illegal, under federal law, to annoy on the Internet without disclosing your identity.So it seems that Miss Snark and other anonymous bloggers may be in for trouble -- should anyone find their posts annoying.... I'm making no judgments. Just reporting.
So, one hopes "Gerard Jones" is the real identiy of the guy running Everyone Who's Anyone in Publishing or those Hollywood sharks are gonna come a'suing.
If someone put up a "Miss Snark Sux" blog and second guessed every decision I made, it would certainly be annoying. I would think it interfered with my business I could file a civil suit. The idea that it's criminal and I can complain to the DA and get the guy arrested....well...that kinda sounds like fun.
The shoe being on the other foot however does not. How many times have I tweaked the tail of someone in publishing on this blog? Not often but enough: we're still eviscerating James Frey. Could he file a complaint against me? Intersting concept.
And here, I thought Republicans wanted to keep the governemt OUT of our lives. Silly moi.
The scariest words used to be "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Now what's worse "I'm from the government and I'm here to make you safe."
Did I miss something or is Osama bin Laden still at large. Surely we have bigger threats than ...well...Miss Snark?