Well, this has been an interesting week for the press. Over in the gaming world, you have Jim Sterling facing a $10 million lawsuit for being a games critics. Gawker just lost a $100 million lawsuit over its interpretation of the First Amendment. It makes you wonder why little outlets like this exist. All you have to do is say the wrong thing and someone could try to ruin your life with a multimillion lawsuit. Of course, when you’re a small site, you should probably get a nice letter first because the Streisand Effect is real.
Anyway, it’s Sunday which means it’s time for the links. Let’s kick off with the picture that took Reddit by storm and start with Taylor Swift.
Hulk Hogan won $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker. Interestingly, the matter of the First Amendment as it relates to Hogan’s privacy wasn’t really considered by the trial judge. (Reuters)
Gawker is planning to appeal because a number of matters that were a part of an FBI investigation related to the sextape were sealed and not permitted to be shown in evidence to the jury. Now that they have been unsealed, Gawker has a stronger case. (New York Magazine)
Whether he takes the Oath of Office or not, Donald Trump has already had a major impact on American politics. (The Atlantic)
Trump claims to know a lot of words. A lot of them seem to be used as insults. (New York Times)
And the Donald is being used in anti-democracy propaganda in China. (Daily Intelligencer)
Holy Watergate, Batman! Flies regarding the Flint water crisis were stolen from the Flint Municipal Centre and police suspect it was an inside job. (MLive)
Is the space race back? The Russians and NASA are working on nuclear powered rockets that could reduce space travel to Mars from 18 months to 6 weeks. (Daily Mail)
FIFA’s a bit cheeky. They’ve admitted that their officials were bribed to award World Cups and are asking America for their seized bribe money back. (USA Today)
Today in the blindingly obvious: Roger Goodell is in charge of the NFL to make money and he’s damn good at it. (The Daily Beast)
Is John Goodman the best supporting actor in the business? (FiveThirtyEight)