I Must Be Oblivious

I will admit it.  I don’t know Casey Anthony from Anthony Weiner.  I didn’t follow the trial nor do I know anything other than she was a woman accused of killing her child.  Every time a news story came on about her I changed the channel.  Years ago I was gripped by the OJ trial.  I couldn’t get enough and tuned in for every little bit of info.  This time I hadn’t even heard of the case until just a few weeks ago.  Why was I so oblivious/disinterested this time around?  I hardly doubt it had to do with the lack of media coverage.  I think it was more about my lack of need to consume what the media was offering.  I’m sure this was probably a bigger circus than OJ, but I just didn’t buy a ticket.  Why?  I think this has a lot to do with my experiences with the court system during my divorce trial and my opinion that court cases should be private.

Who decided this is entertainment?  When did the court system become a reality TV show?  Why should I support this poor family being drug through the media gutter?  Why give the lawyers the limelight they so desperately crave?  It’s a scary future.  Movies like “The Running Man” may not be that far away.  I need to know what’s going on in government and I need an unbiased news report.  I don’t need to know what’s going on in everyone’s personal life (well… except for what people want to expose on Facebook).  I find that if I concentrate on what I am doing and not what everyone else is doing, life gets a whole lot easier and a lot less stressful.

Sometimes I still get sucked up by the media and it pisses me off.  I have to snap myself out of it and take a nice long walk through nature.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the sensationalism.  I’m not trying to be preachy, just trying to understand why my perspectives have changed.  If you ever experience the court systems, perhaps your views will change as well.  Lawyers for the most part are not interested in coming to a speedy resolution.  They certainly aren’t sympathetic or vested in their client’s emotions.  Most have learned to detach.  The media doesn’t seem too concerned with a person’s emotions or privacy either.  Just watch Nancy Grace for more than 5 minutes, if you can swallow it, for proof of that (I’m sure she doesn’t have any demons in her closet).

So maybe the trial wasn’t fair or maybe the verdict wasn’t just.  I have absolutely no idea.  I also don’t care.  It’s a private matter.

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