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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Let's talk about the Casey Anthony trial

casey-anthony-.jpgI can't seem to walk into a coffee shop or waiting room lately without wall-to-wall coverage of the Casey Anthony trial. Every time I call my mother, CNN's non-stop stream is blaring in the background (and I'm sending Casey the bill when my mom blows a vein over this.)

I haven't been sucked into this high-level obsession that I see all around me. Maybe because I have a boss that wouldn't appreciate me live streaming the trial on my computer while I'm supposed to be working. But I can definitely see the pull. The trial has been full of bombshells and dramatic moments.

Scot Safon, executive vice president of CNN's Headline News, told the Orlando Sentinel's Hal Boedeker the reason he was betting big on  the network's (and the country's) interest in this story:

It speaks to so many issues, to the responsibility parents have, to the responsibility grandparents have, to the vulnerability of children, to the fact that this could play out in the midst of what might seem a normal family. I think a lot of people find it relatable. They know people like the people in this story, grandparents like the Anthonys, women like Casey, children like Caylee.

“A lot of stories happen like this, but this one just seems to capture a lot of those fundamental things. It seems so extreme on some levels, but some people go, ‘My sister is like that.’ Even if you’re not identifying with Casey Anthony, you know somebody like that in your life. Based on what we hear, the audience says it’s outraged, but there’s an undertone of identification with the anxieties that a story like this points out. You want your children to be safe. You want to know what kind of behaviors you want to blow the whistle on.”

So what do you think, do we identify with this family? Or are we so repulsed that we can't look away?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5:19pm]


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