Over the past 2 months, Casey Anthony has become a household name while on trial for murder. And if you were like me and hundreds of thousands of people across the country you were mesmerized by the case, convinced she was guilty for murdering her two-year old daughter. Upon the “not guilty” ruling of murder, people utilized social media outlets to respond.
Sites like Facebook and Twitter provide a platform for the country to ban together and share their emotions and opinions stronger than ever before. Some post memorial messages and notes of respect for the innocent two year old, while others question the verdict and the legal system.
Those who disagree with the ruling found a way to condense their feelings in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Today, there are over 90 Facebook pages titled “Casey Anthony” and even more expressing hatred towards her.
In less than one week after the day she was acquitted, 39,000 people “liked” the Facebook page – “I hate Casey Anthony.” In the same timeframe, more than 700,000 people had signed an online petition at Change.org in favor of a federal “Caylee’s Law” making it illegal to fail to report a missing child within a specific timeframe.
The Casey Anthony case is often compared to when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife in 1996. The difference between then and now is that these online networks didn’t exist.
These social sites are no longer just for connecting us with people we may know or want to meet. They have become outlets for the world to respond to current issues, a place to celebrate a life or mourn a death and a form of therapeutic release.
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