The “debate” over whether bloggers or any other categories of new media are any less protected under the First Amendment than what the Ninth Circuit refers to as “institutional media” has long been over in the minds of anyone not seeking artificial advantage in the new media age. The case of Obsidian Finance v. Cox moves the inevitable recognition of the already-accomplished fact along. That the opinion is delivered by a trio of judges whose appointments came from very different presidents makes it even more satisfactory. Judge Alarcon was appointed in 10979 by Jimmy Carter in 1979, Judge Smith was appointed by George W. Bush in 2006, and Judge Hurwitz –who authored the opinion– in 2012 by President Obama.
In The Happiest Life I write that gratitude is a crucial element of every well-lived, happy life. Look at this post by Eugene Volohk, and understand a bit why Eugene has always been among the more enjoyable folks to cross paths with on the inntertubes.