Internet Use, Internet Misuse

The Megan Meier case is so complex that I might need a chalkboard instead of a blog. It is also, of course, tragic for everyone involved; not just for Lori Drew and Meier, but for anyone who's ever written a nasty thing behind the opaque curtain of the web. The cases of Meier, and now Abraham Briggs (the young man who committed suicide while at least a hundred people watched via webcam and did nothing), are wake-up calls about the web and moral responsibility.

Enough of that. Our show today is about legal responsibility — and the landmark verdict in the Meier case. It's pretty confusing what Drew was actually convicted of, and Kim Zetter has done the best explainers — and truly, the best reporting — on the web. For the latest on the case — including precedentcheck out the Lori Drew Trial section of the Wired website. For a good backgrounder on the sad story from the beginning, read this New Yorker piece. For resources on cyberbulling, go to the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, or check out some of the links on our own Andy Carvin's blog.

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