Casey Anthony, Facebook Outrage, and Missing White Woman Syndrome

When the Casey Anthony trial verdict was announced last week, my social media feeds blew up in heavily-punctuated outrage. My Facebook feed alone had a string of nearly one hundred status updates, all expressing shock, dismay, and anger at the outcome of the trial, most using a minimum of four exclamation points.  At work, the verdict was all anyone could talk about. Continue reading

Casey Anthony and the Court of Public Opinion

A few years ago, I came home from class and turned on the television to see a distressed middle-aged woman speaking at a press conference about her missing granddaughter. I knew right there, as so many others did, that the story of Caylee Anthony and her mother, Casey, would expand wildly and seize the basest attention of Central Floridians until Casey was ushered to the electric chair. Continue reading