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.
I haven’t written for a while. Been super busy at work with this new project, and home with various house projects. I’ve also released a new version of Jiggle Balls.
I saw “Angels & Demons” a week ago. It was pretty good (despite the sound level of the theatre being louder than a jet airplane). I loved that they changed the ending from the book. The ending in the book always bothered me. Looking forward to Terminator (although terribly bummed SCC got canned on TV). Even Land Of The Lost looks pretty cool (loved that show as a kid).
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Just got done watching “My Own Worst Enemy“. I liked it. It dares to ask the question… if your alter-ego sleeps with your wife, is it cheating? I really like Alfre Woodard (does she ever have a bad role?). Mike O’Malley’s character (Tom/Ray) will take a while to get used to. I still see him as the bum from “Yes Dear!”. Christian Slater is good. I always thought he should have been a bigger star than he was… but of course he had numerous run-ins with the law that curtailed his career (next up… Keifer…). Check it out. It’s one of the better shows I’ve seen yet this season (the jury is still out on Fringe).
I watched that new show “Opportunity Knocks” last week. I didn’t like it. Why? 1) It’s all about greed. Prizes are danced in front of the family. It made me a little ill to see the kids with greed in their eyes. 2) I just don’t think the timing is right in this economy, where people are struggling to hang onto their houses. 3) Overacted. Obviously the families are coached on how to react.
So… it’s a strike for Ashton Kutcher. It could have been fun to watch families answer questions about each other, but I just don’t think it was executed successfully. Now if Cloris Leachman would get the hell off of Dancing With The Stars…
Ok, what’s up with John Connor? This week on the season opener of “Terminator:SCC” he brought Cameron back to life after she tried to TERMINATE him! Mom (Sarah) shoulda intervened. But great season opener. I just wonder how long they can keep the “on-the-run” story going. I did like “liquid girl”. WooHoo!
Have you watched Wipeout on ABC? I absolutely love this show. Something about watching other people “wipeout” is really funny! John Anderson and John Henson (of Talk Soup fame) are excellent hosts and work off each other really well. This is about the only show I’ve consistently dvr’d through the summer season. And of course, who can forget THE BIG BALLS!?!