The American journalist A.J. Liebling famously remarked that “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." Of course, the New Yorker writer worked in the pre-Internet era, one which, superficially at least, seems to have turned his cynical view about the First Amendment on its head. Today, just about anybody with a computer and Web access, can publish just about whatever they want. The advent of the Web log, aka “the blog,” heralds this new era.

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