Free Speech meets Tourism meets MMORPG

I can’t resist sharing this little news item about a pending suit. It reveals many things that are potentially wrong–or right, depending on what happens–about our world. British Game company Evony is suing an American blogger for defamation in an Australian court. The blogger calls it “libel tourism”– and although it’s perhaps surprising, it’s hardly new given the difference in libel rulings in different nations. Then there is the fact that Evony appears to be a kind of bottom-feeding trailer-trash MMPORG… which as anthropologists we should be immediately drawn to. What would “Coming of Age in Evony” look like? More like Dorothy Allison than Margaret Mead I suspect, but I am not the expert.


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

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  1. There’s been a mix-up in the write-up 😉
    The linked article talks of an American company suing a British blogger, not the other way around.

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