The Casey Anthony not guilty verdict is the subject of a social media frenzy on July 5, 2011. Twitter, Facebook and even the new Google+ are buzzing with the news. The social web is jam packed with people who are voicing their anger about the jury’s acquittal.
Did the case get so much attention because social media is an instant source of news and discussion? Does social media combined with intense legal issue throw a case off balance and put too many opinions into the mix?
Some may feel that because a child’s death was involved, that Caylee/Casey Anthony case warranted massive media attention, but it’s quite apparent to anyone who follows any major news story – weather disasters, murder cases, political hijinks – that the social web can set off a firestorm of opinions, both positive and negative.
Many are likening the outcome of this trial to the OJ Simpson case in which he was acquitted of of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a widely publicized criminal trial.
However, the media madness was limited to television, radio, newspapers and magazines — and by the office water cooler. Facebook and Twitter did not exist back in 1995.
From Facebook groups set up for people to bash Casey Anthony, who will be sentence on lesser charges this week:
Fuck Casey Anthony
Fry Casey Anthony Fry
….to celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kevin Nealon, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher voicing their disappointment on Twitter….
Kim Kardashian:WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!!”
Carson Daly: This is bull[expletive]!!
….to endless hashtags created to mark keywords about the outcome of this case including: #justiceforcaylee, #notguiltym, #Casey Anthony, #Nancy Grace.
…to new sites churning out news, eye catching headlines and reaction over the case that has held the interest of so many people, the inter-webs are full of discussion, disparaging remarks, opinions, and people who are trying to play judge and jury in this case.
MSNBC headline: “Casey Anthony Not a Killer”
NY Post headline: “Casey Walks”
HLN’s Nancy Grace: The television personality who dubbed Anthony “Tot Mom” stated today that Casey Anthony may profit from her case with a “big fat book deal” or a “made for TV movie” but would “run right through” any monies earned from her story.
Social Media and Justice: A Good Mix?
Without social media and the ability to find out about any breaking news story in just seconds, would the Casey Anthony case be as big of a case as it turned out to be?
Does social media help or harm a legal case that might otherwise be just a local story about the tragic death of a small child?
Things to ponder after an emotionally charged news day and there is really just one message to spread in this case: Rest in Peace, Caylee Anthony.
Photo Credit: Casey Anthony reacts to being found not guilty on murder charges as she stands next to her attorney Jose Baez at the Orange County Courthouse on July 5, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Casey Anthony had been accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and was found not guilty of manslaughter in the first degree. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)