The Daily Advertiser has a commentary which reads "Internet is ideal for mudslinging"... ya think?
"The fact that laws against libel and slander are not applicable in cyberspace is disquieting, to say the least." laments the commentary.
A similar concern was echoed to me Monday from a central Louisiana politician clearly taken off balance by the huge amount of negative information posted on local blogs about him. This person is determined to find out who is on the attack, and claims to already have an attorney looking into who is posting and organizing this smear campaign.
But the hard truth of the matter is the web will play an even bigger part in political circles than ever before and if you are serving , running for or even considering public office you better learn the web and it's players. There is little a politician can do to combat the attacks except perhaps build a better website in rebuttal. See jindalisbad vs jindaisgood as an example of a counter attack.
The Advertiser commentary wants a non-profit for the Internet to help us navigate the web and separate fact from fiction. What do you think? Is the web the new safe haven for mudslinging and misinformation?