How the Casey Anthony Murder Case Became the Social- Media Case of the Century,8599,2077969,00.html

This week, the country was captivated as Casey Anthony was tried for the brutal death of her daughter, 2 year old Caylee. Americans have long been fascinated by twisted who-done-it murder stories – Jean Bennet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, etc. And yet for all of these trials, there was a barrier between the court room and the public. Information could be obtained only through interviews taking place long after court room action had occured.
Fastforward to today, and this is a very different judicial media landscape. In addition to the usual means of communication, social media joined ranks as the millions of viewers were able to watch live stream video from media providers including the Miami Herald and the Washington Post.

Additionally and most notably, Twitter joined in the action as the 9th Judicial Circuit Court created a Twitter account named NinthCircuitFL. and had garnered 400 reporter blogger follows

Given this major shift in crime report, does the Casey Anthony shift mark a shift in both trial reporting?

Will social media become the new credible outlet for journalism? Having just seen the documentary Page One I remain on the fence.


3 thoughts on “How the Casey Anthony Murder Case Became the Social- Media Case of the Century

  1. I definitely think social media will take over, it is quicker and easier way of communication and will become more credible as time goes on.

  2. In the major court cases this has set the standard for the future. People are always wanting to get their news quicker and Twitter allows people to keep pace with major news events such as this trial in quick snidbits. If the OJ trial happened today it would have been all over twitter and facebook.
    I think twitter will be taken as a credible source for media, but they will be very careful to not just run with a story that comes from a random individual. They are probably going to need verification from many sources on Twitter before running a story on a traditional media outlet. They will get burned every so often by a unreliable source, but that happened in traditional media as well.

  3. I believe the media coverage seen on the Casey Anthony case is a good example of how journalism will look in the near future. In my opinion, journalism as it is known today is going through a transformation and will result in a news medium that not only will incorporate social media applications in order to compete with million of tweets and blog posts filled with news and information updated in real time, but also will address problems related to reliability of the sources. Conventional papers were fine in a time when people didn’t have access to the Internet and didn’t own pocket-sized smart devices to navigate it at anytime from everywhere. With available technologies consumers don’t have to wait for the next day paper anymore, we now have access to multiple source in real time and we jump from one to the other in seconds: the next day paper is already too old.

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