Social media abuzz over Casey Anthony
I admit that I have not followed the Casey Anthony trial. I didn’t even watch any of the coverage until the judge in the case read the instructions to the jury and even so, I had the volume on mute.
My Facebook posse didn’t miss a beat. Since my little social network includes some of my law school classmates, I asked them to chime in about the case. It was good to hear their perspectives, especially since we all started law school literally in the wake of the O.J. Simpson trial, that other trial of the century, fifteen years ago. Lord knows I was tired of undergrads asking me what I thought about the verdict simply because I was a law student.
I did ask myself how the public discourse would have played out in the Simpson case if we had Twitter and Facebook back then. Fifteen years ago we discussed the case in each other’s offices and over the water cooler. Needless to say, the exchange these days is a lot more instantaneous and almost ubiquitous. Imagine discussing American jurisprudence in a 140 characters with friends and family in Miami, Charlotte Amalie, and London, at the same time.
In a way, it speaks to the importance of broadband adoption. Water cooler democracy and engagement has gone bye-bye.