Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Michael Jackson Case

I just wanted to see what everyone thought of the circus surrounding the Michael Jackson case. I caught some of the coverage at the gym today, and I can't remember such a commotion about a court case since OJ. I'm trying to work through the sociological aspects of it, but I can't seem to find my way out of a massive pile of data currently.... once I find my way out, I'll post a comment. For now: thoughts/comments?

2 Comments:

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Valerie Hans said...

I've been following some of the trial coverage, focusing on the jury issues (juryblog.blogspot.com). What is striking me is the emergence of the "celebrity trial" as a well-defined social and political event. It didn't start with the OJ Simpson trial but OJ certainly defined the extreme version of it (at least up to now). There are the ubiquitous media, the voluble experts, the trenchant legal analysts, the beleagured jury pool, the harassed defendant, the underresourced prosecutor, the watchful jury selection experts, etc. etc. There is even a (good and helpful) book on Managing Notorious Trials -- about to be released in a second edition -- by the National Center for State Courts.

Once the trial gets underway, there will be much to chew on, sociologically speaking -- MJ's fame, race, the nature of the charges, the apparent strategy of the defense to engage in victim blaming.

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

Another aspect of this is the movement from well-regarded celebrity to social deviant. Michael Jackson is one example, but there are many others, whether their "deviance" is in the form of drug or alcohol abuse, sexual scandels, etc. I would also like to see the demographics of the fans outside the courthouse. I think both the age and sex of the Michael supporters could be of interest.

By the way, Valerie, thanks for info about celebrity trials, including the info on the book...quite intriguing!

 

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