July 6, 2011 by themommahen
The past 24 hours, I’ve seen a lot of emotion over the Casey Anthony trial. Some outraged at the verdict, some disgusted with the media and others just sick of it all and wanting it to go away. There are plenty of opinions out there right now, so I’m not going to add to the cacophony here. (And to be honest, I haven’t had the time nor the stomach to pay attention to much of it, but you certainly can’t avoid it completely.)
My request is pretty simple, and not entirely unique, as I’ve heard a few others say this today too.
Don’t. Feed. The beast.
When she, her mother, her father, her attorney, her ex-fiance, her garbage collector or whomever writes their tell-all book, don’t buy it. When the made for TV movie comes out, don’t tune in. When the summer blockbuster debuts in theaters, don’t buy tickets. When the straight to DVD thriller comes out, don’t rent it, stream it or download it. When she poses as the centerfold in whatever magazine pays her the highest price, don’t buy it. When whatever tabloid gets the **EXCLUSIVE!!** first interview with her, don’t buy it. When her latest sex tape comes out, don’t watch it. When whatever news channel parades its non-stop talking head coverage, change the channel. When she runs for office, don’t vote for her. You get the idea.
There is so much bad that happens under the media microscopes every day, it’s easy to get caught up in it. And often, it’s for all the right reasons — because thankfully, most of us can’t imagine the horrors of whatever the news du jour is, so we are enthralled (or disgusted) enough to keep us wrapped up in the cocoon of coverage the media create. Regardless of whether you’re outraged at the outcome or simply fed up with the circus, hold on to that feeling and don’t succumb to our usual societal amnesia. Remember how you feel right now. Make a pledge that you won’t support any of the sure-to-be-sold byproducts of this trial. We can’t control what individuals do, but we can influence what our media do and we can determine what sells. Because we’re buying. Or not.