If Peter Thiel’s example is followed, free speech won’t be cheap
For a person so commonly described as a utopian, Peter Thiel’s decision to back lawsuits against Gawker Media seems more likely to bring about a dystopian society where only the wealthiest have real freedom of speech.
Let’s start out by agreeing that Thiel has long-standing reasons to dislike Gawker. He was a target of their continually baffling campaign to out public—as well as not-so public—figures and then dismiss the resulting outrage as homophobia, as if there aren’t still valid reasons for people to keep their sexualities private. And there isn’t any current reason to doubt that Thiel is targeting any organizations other than Gawker, nor that he’s being anything other than honest when he says he’s supportive of journalism generally, but believes Gawker’s actions put it beyond the pale.
It is easy enough to read his confirmation of the fact that he’s funding Hulk Hogan/Terry...
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