"The answer for bad speech is more speech, not censorship or defamation suits," said Walters. "The Internet is the great equalizer, and we can all reach the same people. The preferable method of responding to criticism would be to get your side out [on the Internet too]."
And as for whether free speech law will change to reflect the digital age, the lawyers ABCNEWS.com spoke to agreed that this is unlikely to happen, and instead users would likely be the ones to change their own behavior rather than file expensive lawsuits.
"There will be changing expectations as people come to understand what disclosures the Internet makes possible," said Northwestern's Speta. "On one end we'll see much more use of blogs to make public our complications, but I also think those who are exposed to blogs will treat them with the seriousness -- or the lack of seriousness -- that they're really warranting."
"I do think it's still early [in the digital age], and that these things will work out," he said. "But there will be casualties along the way, of course."