As a person, I was horrified when I first saw a commercial on TV for that app. As someone involved in technology, I was fascinated that this TV station saw a business need or market for this particular application. I'd love to know not only how many people download it, but where they live and how many are local vs. out-of-area.
I live in Central Florida and didn't fully realize the widespread interest in the Casey Anthony case until friends from all over the country -- and some friends in the UK -- began posting comments about her trial on Facebook. I agree that, in some respects, the Zimmerman trial won't generate as much general interest. But in some ways I think it will create more stir, because of the racial undertones and the longer lasting repercussions it could have on Florida's Stand Your Round law and the whole area of self defense.
No matter what, it won't be for lack of trying on the part of the networks and online news publications.
I was surprised that the judge wouldn't allow O'Mara to present Martin's social media posts in his opening statement -- although there is the opportunity for him to possibly do so later in the trial. I guess that's if the prosecution tries to portray Martin as a really good kid? I always disagree with smearing a victim, but in this case there seems to be quite a lot of gray. No doubt, with all this endless press coverage, some pundit on some channel - traditional or online - will cover it!
My guess is this trial will have nowhere the same interest as the Casey Anthony case. Although both happened in the same area, in Central Florida, the Anthony case seemed to have much more appeal probably because of the seemingly bizarre subject matter: death of a child, possibly at the hands of the mother.
The Martin case is much different. The media will certainly hope for, and will do everything it can to hype the trial. I don't think they will succeed in this case though.
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