If you didn’t see it live there’s no doubt that you’ve still heard about the Trayvon and Zimmerman Show Season Finale! I mean the shock of the final outcome threw everyone for a loop! Not many saw that twist coming and it’s still creating a buzz today! I mean the entire show from day one had so many twists, turns, and surprises that it kept you glued to the screen and wanting more…wait….what now…this wasn’t a TV show? You mean to tell me this was real life!?!?
Because of the way the media and television has been portraying this case you would think that a boy did not lose his life and a man did not stand a chance of having his freedom taken away. I’m really not sure if there is anyone else who has capitalized more than the folks behind the cameras.
My wife and I happened to stumble on one channel’s daily coverage of the trial as they called it “The Most Shocking Moments of the Zimmerman Trial” where they recapped some of the pivotal moments of the day. Another show (can’t remember if it was the same channel) had a panel of guest who would quickly fire off their points in a roundtable debate while other guests would interrupt, and the next thing you know everyone is arguing back and forth. It made for great TV, but should it have?
Even the way the media originally crafted this story, later being accused of tampering with the 911 call, “all of a sudden” having pictures of Zimmerman’s wounds, and even going back and forth from showing Trayvon being 12 and Zimmerman’s mug shot to Trayvon giving the middle finger and Zimmerman in a suit, was very manipulative. To some degree we should all feel like puppets.
But, this should be no surprise to us because our media companies are still businesses and in the end it’s about ratings and the almighty dollar. So what does this mean for us, should we not watch at all? I’m not saying that. Because we watched and there was an uproar, this case was at least brought to trial.
What I am saying is that when we take in from these news publications of various sorts, we need to be careful and sober minded with what is said and how it is portrayed. We should remember that though it’s coming through the same medium as some of our favorite forms of entertainment, it’s not entertainment. So when season 2 of the Trayvon and Zimmerman Show comes out (aka the wrongful death case or civil rights case) we’ll be ready for the circus and see right though it. And please keep the Martin Family in your thoughts and prayers, it’s more real to them than anyone else.
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~Stephen J. Taylor