If the video I posted was too short for your laid-back life, check out this piece he wrote in The Sunday Indian.
I could paste excerpts where he comes across as an idiot but I’d rather that you read it in its entirety just to understand how wildly different someone’s interpretation of free speech can be. When Arindham sues Google — at this point, he is in effect suing the ‘internet’ — it could be for the following reasons:
1. He doesn’t understand how the internet works.
2. He understands how the internet works and truly believes that Google ought to be responsible for the content on the internet. (Perhaps he might have held a different belief if those damn bloggers weren’t trashing him online.)
3. If he only cared about Caravan’s piece on him, he would bully just them. Here he is taking on the internet giant which has a strong legal team. He wants to set a precedent so no one messes with him. From his piece, he wants Google to not make any money in India if anywhere in the world, it links to defamatory posts about an Indian. That’s HUGE.
In any country, he’d have the right to sue anyone to cause hassle. But if this lawsuit were in the U.S., his lawsuit and him would be held by their tail and ponytail respectively and be thrown out. In India, I’m not so sure. The government is on the verge of passing amendments to the IT Act that side with Arindham. He quotes the amendments in his article too.
Link via Gautam John.
Arindham’s article begins with:
“Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo.” So wrote Daniel Lyons some years back, in a classic Forbes cover story titled ‘Attack of the Blogs’. As the Senior Editor of Forbes then, Dan was simply expressing his extreme frustration at the utter nastiness of the Internet community, which seemed to have a super-majority of calumnious commentators, who thrived on the faceless protection that the net provided in order to leave shamefully slanderous and defamatory comments left, right and center.
This is from a 2005 piece Dan Lyons wrote for Forbes. It was around the time traditional publishing was being clobbered by new media. Publishers had reason to be pissed off at bloggers and content aggregators. The piece mirrored their angst.
Funny fact though: In 2006, Dan Lyons started the now famous Fake Steve Jobs blog. That piece looks ironic now.
Arindham is in another ongoing lawsuit where he doesn’t seem to be doing too well.