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Goldman, Eric. “Should TheDirty Website Be Liable For Encouraging Users To Gossip?” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.


This article highlights a lawsuit between former NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones and the website TheDirty is a gossip site that encourages the perpetuation of “mean-spirited and misogynistic” gossip. TheDirty featured Jones on the website twice falsifying promiscuous behavior with a whole NFL football team. Normally, this type of case would be covered by Section 230 which would protect the website from defamatory statements written by third parties, but the district courts rejected TheDirty’s defense.  Jones won the case because Section 230 was mostly overlooked even though the content was written by that third party. TheDirty appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the judge is under strict criticism for using his own personal agenda.  Four amicus briefs were TheDirty has been backed by major publicity traded user-content company. 

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Kadmar, Adi. “2013 in Review: CDA 230 and Recurring Threats to Strong Online Speech Protections | Electronic Frontier Foundation.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

 This article highlights the issues in freedom of speech and the threats that Section 230 has been undergoing within the past year.  In 2013, 47 state attorneys appealed to Congress to amend Section 230 by adding an amendment for state criminal laws.  This amendment would shift the “power” and regulation of the internet to all 50 states government and would most likely cause contradictory practices on how each state is able to utilize the internet as a vehicle for free speech.  These rulings are very controversial because they focus mostly on explicit content containing minors; the government along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation are trying to find ways to tackle situations like these. Many believe that the content of Section 230 needs to be amended to take into consideration these kinds of federal offenses without having host sites claim “free speech.”

Annotated Bib #4


“Blogging as a Liability Risk.” Blogging Is a Liability Risk. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

This article discusses the legal liabilities of blogging for a company and how to handle the various types of information that circulates on a corporate blog.  This post mostly focuses on defamation and it’s two forms: slander and libel.  From a corporate standpoint, you should have a policy for your employees about blogging.  Because companies can be held responsible for anything an employee may post, it is wise for the company to set rules.  If an employee is writing reviews about competitors and ex-employers, the company and the employee are liable and can get into some serious trouble in accordance with the Personal & Advertising Injury provision.


Blogging is like all other risks in business, you must weigh the pros and cons and go from there.

Annotated Bib 4

Hsu, Hui-Yin, and Shiangkwei Wang. “The Impact Of Using Blogs On College Students’ Reading Comprehension And Learning Motivation.” Literacy Research And Instruction 50.1 (2011): 68-88. ERIC. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

This article tries to see if digital learning with the help of a blogging tool helps increase college level reading and retention of information.  Therefore, college level developmental reading courses used blogging in its curriculum. According to the results of the study, it was found that blogging with these courses correlated to higher retention of information in the class.

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Ellison, Nicole B., and Yuehua Wu. “Blogging In The Classroom: A Preliminary Exploration Of Student Attitudes And Impact On Comprehension.” Journal Of Educational Multimedia & Hypermedia 17.1 (2008): 99-122. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

This article is about the different types of technology being used for educational purposes. It gives an overview about all of them, including blogging. It states how many people have blogs and how many people use them. It makes sure to talk about how the effects of blogging in the classroom setting is for the most part anecdotal, meaning that it varies depending on each situation. That is because that it is a relatively new teaching tool. The study wanted to answer these two questions:

RQ1: What are differences among students’ perceptions regarding the educational benefits of writing a blog entry vs. reading other students’ blogs vs. reading other students’ comments?

RQ2: What are student perceptions of the experience of blogging as an educational activity?

Annotated Bib 3


Savage, David G. “Blogger Beware: Postings Can Lead to Lawsuits.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

When you think about blogging lawsuits, you tend to think of fair trade law violations and suing over stolen property.  I did too! This article brings to light the other end of the blogosphere lawsuits: defamation over the internet.  Because of the way the internet has grown, laws had to be created to deal with issues such as those some bloggers are facing now.  Many people tend to think that because they are behind a screen, they are safe from any sort of prosecution, but that is far from the truth.  It’s incredibly easy to track IP addresses of someone posting malicious and defamatory statements online about people or businesses. Though we as individuals have the right of free speech, it is considered illegal to defame and wrongly state information online- which I think a lot of people forget.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen really vulgar and misinformed information about business practices to either get a rise out of the company or to just “share their opinion” but it is possible to be sued for that kind of post.


I thought this was really interesting because I had not been expecting this kind of thing to show up in my search for blogging lawsuits.

2nd Annotated Biblography

Website Link:

“Start Creating, Sharing & Exploring Great Visuals Today!” WordPress Statistics and Numbers 2013. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <;.

My topic for my research paper is again, why WordPress has made blogs more popular. In order to make that argument I am going to need to conduct research on WordPress. The website I have listed above is a link to, which on this specific page, showcases an info-graphic on WordPress. This info-graphic contains WordPress statistics taken from this past year, 2013. One statistic it gives is that there are 69 million WordPress websites in the world. That is a huge number and it is something I can incorporate into my WordPress research. It is also a fact I can potentially use to back up my argument of why WordPress makes blogs more popular. This is a very useful source. I am going to need info-graphics like this that provide me with statistics on WordPress. It will be vital for me to have statistics on WordPress so I can compare them to other statistics on websites that host blogs so that I can backup my theory that WordPress does in fact hold more blogs and that it has made blogging more popular. Statistics on WordPress can also provide me with reasons why blogging has been made more popular if there are ones that highlight the popularity of the specific features WordPress contains. I am going to need to do more research to find info-graphics like that as well! I am going to need info-graphics with statistics on WordPress but with more blog focused statistics, but this is a good start so I can begin to get some background on WordPress and be able to apply it to my topic. This specific info-graphic is very useful because it still provides me with that. Overall, I think this source will be useful to me. Like I stated before, it gives me not only a visual, but information on WordPress that I can use to learn about the site in general, and also information that I can apply to my research and topic.

Annotated Bib #2


“Menu.” The Content Factory. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

I thought this article was interesting.  It was written about a company that writes pages for various different companies and accidentally used a copyrighted image on one of their pages.  The mistake was made by a new employee and they were unfamiliar with all the copyright and fair trade laws. Originally, the company was sued for $8,000 which was later reduced to $3,000.


The article mostly deals with what happened in court, etc. but the writer brings up an interesting argument. The writer claims that copyright infringement laws breed predatory legal practices, or “legal trolls.” I don’t know if I necessarily agree with this, but I think it’s an interesting thing to think about especially because we had discussed trolling earlier in the course.

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Maitzen, Rohan. “Scholarship 2.0: Blogging And/As Academic Practice.” Journal Of Victorian Culture (Routledge) 17.3 (2012): 348-354. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

This article talks about how blogging should have a place in the world of scholarship. That while other forms of publication is “glacier” slow, blogging gets immediate feedback. The author of the article does admit that blogging should not replace all forms of scholarship and that blogging shouldn’t be used in every form of scholarship, but it is a good tool to have.

Annotated Bib 1

Zawilinski, Lisa. “HOT Blogging: A Framework For Blogging To Promote Higher Order Thinking.” Reading Teacher 62.8 (2009): 650-661. Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

The article is about how an elementary school teacher uses blogs as a supplement to reading material in class. She uses them to promote higher order thinking. It helps the students also learn how to be internet literate.