Internet Creates Public Figures

Can mention on the net turn an ordinary citizen into a public figure with severely limited abilities to fight libel and defamation lawsuits? According to a Florida judge’s ruling — perhaps the first of its kind in the United States — the answer is yes.In an Oct. 21 ruling, Florida circuit court Judge Karen Cole threw out a defamation case against two TV stations because she deemed the plaintiff — a Jacksonville woman — to be a public figure who had been subject to “substantial” internet debate.

Wired News: Net Chat Anoints Public Figure

Well, I guess this would make me a public figure too…