If you haven’t heard the news, Edwin Mellen Press is suing a librarian from McMaster University over a blog post (since removed), which criticized the quality of materials the press publishes. You can read more at Insider Higher Ed from the article, “Price of a Bad Review.” Furthermore, the original blog post and notice of action are available here.
[Updated at 1:04 pm CT] McMaster’s public statement regarding the lawsuit is available here.
In the time of the digital age though, how does one control perceptions whether they are true or false? Below is a screen shot from my Google search of Edwin Mellen Press.
Suing a librarian, may quell one voice in a crowd, but how do you shut down a search algorithm?