Dr Peter Jansen should research The Streisand Effect

Doctors are supposed to be smart people. Still, smart people sometimes do dumb things. Dr Peter Jansen, a sensitive claims clinician at ACC has made a silly mistake. He listened to his equally dumb lawyers and decided to try to sue, for defamation, a blogger, who like me is probably quite mad.

He should have researched the Streisand Effect. If he hasn’t already he should do so now.

The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely.

That is precisely what Dr Peter Jansen has succeeded in doing. He has highlighted to the entire world a little read blog, one with less than a 100 readers a day. That blog as a result of all the media attention will now have literally thousands of readers trying to find out just exactly what Dr Peter Jansen is so sensitive about.

In this matter the man and his lawyers are fools.

He may and his expensive lawyers may think that:

All this as a result of a blog I posted, whereby I satirically referred to Mr Jansen having self diagnosed himself with DSM-CIP – (Completely Incompetent Prick) syndrome.

…is defamatory, and it probably is, but I have seen people called much worse, and have called people much worse. When you live a highly public existance, and Dr Jansen does, he comments on forums and speaks at public meetings then you have to take the bricks as well as the bouquets.

Much worse though is that he thought this could all be silenced. Worse is the publi relations disaster of being a seniro clinician int eh sensitive claims areas of ACC and then privately (now publicly) suing a sensitive claims ACC claimant.

All he has succeeded in doing is making more people aware that a single person thinks he has “DSM-CIP – (Completely Incompetent Prick) syndrome” and at the same probably limited his career prospects within ACC. People in high paid jobs with fancy titles and lots of letter after their names do tend to think they are better than others and like to use establishment cudgels to get what they want. In this case Dr Peter Jansen got the exact opposite of what he wanted.

There is one other rule or effect that Dr Peter Jansen should learn: NFWAB



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  • peterwn

    The British Chiropractors Association thought they could pull the same stunt against Simon Singh who took them up on their claims that chiropractic could cure kids’ ailments. Unfortunately they got a first round victory in the court thanks to UK’s draconian libel laws, but he effectively prevailed on appeal. The damage to the chiropractic profession in the UK would have been enormous. NZ chiropractors also threatened to sue NZ Medical Journal, but have wisely not proceeded.

  • peterwn

    Looking at her blog:
    there was another interesting thing. The blogger is legally ‘in hiding’ meaning her address is not generally available via phone books, electoral rolls, etc. So how did Dr Jansen’s lawyer know it to get the papers served?

  • strykerman

    The Streisand Effect
    Google – Dr Peter Jansen
    Search returns 3rd down the list – Dr Peter Jansen should research The Streisand Effect —
    15 Apr 2011 … Doctors are supposed to be smart people. Still, smart people sometimes do dumb things. Dr Peter Jansen, a sensitive claims clinician at ACC …


  • gaskranken

    Has this clown got an email I’d really like to communicate directly with him.

    • madcow

      (Extract from ACC News – Sept 2009)
      Our expectation is that the Pathways will be
      continually reviewed to ensure we implement
      evidence-based best practice in line with
      ACC’s commitment to continuous
      improvement. If you have any questions,
      please contact Dr Peter Jansen at
      [email protected].

    • gaskranken

      My email to him.

      Pete Jansen, you are an incredibly stupid man.

      You know how some people suggest that life sometimes imitates art? Well you pal could have stirred up an army of girls with dragon tattoos mate, you might find you have unearthed a Lisbeth, so my suggestion to you now that you have had your wee legal spray is to simply walk away.

      Someone with your level of stupidity should not be in the position you are in and if Judith was your minister you would be getting metaphorically penetrated right now and then you would have a tiny, a very tiny idea of what it might be like to be Jax buddy.

      See Ya wouldn’t want to be Ya.


  • fredbanks

    im still waitin for mr s to file his case of defamation against me as threatened..hearing that 250k is the amount for calling a liar a liar does make me think committing fraud in a patient review is probably worth at least that amount and a bag of crisps,im stil having a public post ive written to mr s screened by a lawyer for defamatory content before i go public.. last lawyer i saw to take against the case with FL went flaccid on me and small nuts and loosing future work with the insurance giants made his knees weak ,

  • sexybeast

    I’m annoyed and embarassed we have such a spinless head of the SCU.

    As for Jax I’m in agreement with WO – heard people called worse. Saying that
    Dr PJ (lolling to myself) is diagnosed with CIP is amusing more than defamatory.