Not sure if this gets filed under ‘instant karma’ or ‘the pot calling the kettle black’, but either way, it’s certainly an interesting turn of the screw.
Jack Thompson, the lawyer that is no longer, being permanently disbarred in 2008, is still causing trouble – which proves you don’t have to be a lawyer to cause real damage, just really motivated. It appears that he never heard the childhood adage that “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me”, or else he is trying to modify it, saying that the problem has been reviewed, and the stigma of being called names is legally actionable.
Thompson says he has been caused “great harm and distress”. Really. My 19 year old son has a thing or two to say about that, and could probably be easily prodded into a countersuit.
A small piece from the escapist gives a few of the details –
Thompson was permanently disbarred in September 2008 but that didn’t stop his vocal criticism of the videogame industry, nor did it soften the attitude of videogamers toward Thompson and his strident rhetoric, many of whom have come together in Facebook groups to share their frustration with his antics. But Thompson says he feels threatened by some of the messages posted by those groups and on Tuesday, he filed suit against Facebook for letting it happen.
There are hundreds of Thompson-related Facebook groups, according to SFGate.com; one potentially dangerous group that’s mentioned in his suit is named “Jack Thompson should be smacked across the face with an Atari 2600.” He also cited a message posted by a user who offered to pay $50 to anyone who sent him a video of themselves punching Thompson in the face.
Could Thompson not get the fact that this is sarcasm? Really, who would take the time and trouble to find an Atari 2600? If a person had one, wouldn’t it be worth more than a few moments of pleasure as a pain delivery device?
He said his situation is similar to that of U.S. President Barack Obama, who was recently the subject of another Facebook controversy caused by a poll asking whether or not he should be shot. Facebook administrators quickly removed the poll but as Thompson noted, “Unlike our President, Thompson does not have the Secret Service to protect him.”
This bozo overestimates his importance by a few orders of magnitude. Comparing himself to the President of the United States shows what a total clod this man is.
Thank goodness there are cooler heads to prevail, and laws against the monumentally stupid making frivolous lawsuits.
But Thompson’s suit against Facebook, like most of his others, has little chance of going anywhere, according to WiredSafety.org Executive Director Parry Aftab, who noted that the U.S. Communications Decency Act exempts services like Facebook from liability for what people do with them. “They are no more liable than the phone company would be for anyone who is calling in a ransom demand,” she said.
I’m thinking that the reason for this has more to do with an upcoming “look what they’ve done to me” book than any serious attempt at successful litigation. Still, someone needs to tell this man that he has had more than his 15 minutes of fame, and the world is coming for repayment soon.
Once you realize that, how important are video games, or lawsuits?