Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
The Right to be Forgotten ruling by the European Union was approved saying if you think a search result is defaming you, you have the right to ask the search engine to remove it. The basic premise underlying this ruling is that individuals should have control over their personal information, and therefore control over their personal online search results. Pianist Dejan Lazic found in one of his top search results that his performance in 2010 was the subject of a bad review in The Washington Post.
Criticism is an important part of the dialogue surrounding the performing and visual arts. It seems Lazic in this instance took the ruling as an opportunity to boost his online image, rather than its intended purposes for more extreme cases of online defaming.