I’ve been keeping an eye on the Gawker lawsuit. First, I thought it was slimy to publish the Hulk Hogan sex tape video. But after reading some more pieces on the lawsuit, I’m with Gawker. I’m on their side.
This piece in today’s NYT is a big reason why.
I agree with the writer. If it was a sex tape of a politician, we’d be praising Gawker.
Here’s where the writer synced with me:
“Mr. Thiel meanwhile seems to want a world in which he, personally, encounters no resistance, whether it comes from government or the free press or anyone else for that matter. He has declared, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible,” and he is on the board at Facebook. The new breed of technologists who are taking control of the news media do not feel they should pay taxes or submit to regulation or offer anything more than disruption to their employees. They need to be challenged. And Gawker, at least, has challenged them”.
Freedom and democracy aren’t compatible? Say what? Thiel funding the lawsuit is proof positive that he’s another rich guy who wants to use his money to control others.
You want to know how guys like Thiel and Zuckerberg think? Look no further than their double speak. Zuckerberg runs a company that’s essentially against anything to do with privacy. But then he goes out and buys up hundreds of acres and houses next door to him so he can have his privacy.
I’m with Gawker.