BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

First Christopher Reeve, now Scott Peterson

OK ... I'm scratching my head again over all this emotional response to the Scott Peterson verdict. I mean, when I "didn't get" folks reaction over the Chris Reeve dying, I figured it was a "generational thing", and I never had any sort of "connection" with the actor. But this Peterson thing ... I don't know.

Frankly, I've been amazed at the screen time that FOXNews has given to it ... WHY? Yes, the death of a young, pregnant, white woman in an affluent setting is going to be noticed and having grisly details of decomposed cadavers washing up does play to the "sicko factor" out there ... but this story should have been three two minute segments over a year ... not a non-stop voyeurism. I can understand the programming decisions of "running with" the O.J. case, it had celebrity, sports, inter-racial marriages, the lifestyles of the rich and famous, etc. going for it, so it was like a soap opera from the start ... and, of cousre, stories like the "Beltway Sniper" had legs due to it playing out over an extended period of time

Why does anybody CARE about this case? I mean, above and beyond any other case that hits the media ... why did this get national play forever and that guy out in Utah or wherever who disposed of his wife/girfriend in a dump come and go in a flash? Maybe it's that "reality TV" thing ... I can't understand how anybody can watch those shows, and things like the Peterson case maybe pull in the same sorts.

Living in Chicago, we have dozens of murders to choose from a week, and 90% of them get two column inches in the back of the Metro section. Why the hell has the media (and, from what I've seen in L.J. today, their viewers) latched onto the Peterson case like it means something on the national stage. Come on ... can you imagine if FOXNews had taken 75% of the time that they've devoted to this story and focused on the situation in Africa (and the U.N.'s lack of response to it) instead? My mind boggles.

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