Do you know this person? I don't. But I can totally tell that she's an evil, baby-killer. How? Well, she's got black eyes and a weird lizardy like tongue. How can she not be evil?! But here's an even more important question: Who gives a flying fuck? The answer, disturbingly, is A LOT of fucking people! What they fail to understand, though, is that their morbid fascination with this unfortunate situation says WAY more about themselves than it ever could about this possible baby-murderer over here.
For weeks, this trial has been dominating local news channels, 24 hour cable, and of course the internet--which should come as no surprise considering that the internet will do anything for ratings. But why do people watch and care so much about a situation that they know little about, and have no legitimate vested interest in?
I admit that I know extremely limited details about this case, but I can still gather--given some of the unmitigated vitriol spewing about since the not-guilty verdict was released--that most people are angry at the accused so that they can feel better about themselves. There was even palpable outrage from a "celebrity" who only became famous after her dad helped to acquit one of the most notorious double-murderers of our generation. Freud out on that one. Even more difficult to explain is the fact that this reality star has more than 8 million followers on Twitter. Not that everybody out there is a baby-murderer, or even has the potential to be one on their absolute worst day, but come on...look at how we spend our free-time nowadays: Tweeting, updating statuses, self-blogulation. Very few of us are evil, yet even fewer of us are actively participating in making the world a better place. So to compensate for that lack of genuine purpose, I suppose the easiest thing to do is to point fingers at people that are clearly the 'bad guys.' Sorry to break it to you, but we're all the bad guys.
So if you're so outraged at this whole Casey Anthony thing, of which you know few details about, and are affected none by, perhaps you should consider sublimating that anger into positive action. Do something worthwhile to make the world around you a better place: volunteer to protect abused children, or if that's too much commitment, merely write a get-well soon card to a hospitalized child. No helpful action--no matter how small or seemingly insignificant--could be as profoundly USELESS as directing hateful Tweets at a complete stranger. But hey, whatever makes you feel good about yourself.