Paul Alton argues: “If football celebrities don't live up to the images they cultivate ... they are peddling lies and committing fraud. Why should the law protect them?”
However, those new guardians of liberty – internet chatterers – are less than heroic in the way they go about their task, hiding behind a screen of anonymity.
So anonymity becomes a universal expectation, of both those who want their actions to remain secret and those who assume the job of exposing them.
There now appears to be a right of disguise; to speak your mind from behind a curtain.
It seems as if we are fast becoming a society in which individual actions and expressions are hidden.