Harry Lewis has begun a series of posts on how the Net makes us know less, rather than more. Apparently, it’s not just Google that’s making us stupid. His first post is about the astounding French criminal libel prosecution in which the editor of a scholarly journal could conceivably go to jail for publishing a negative review of a book.

I’ve read the editor’s reasonable and reasoned response [pdf], and that the case has gotten as far as it has is bottomlessly awful.