End of Week 150 – It Is Finally Spring….

I gained, then I lost again, all within the space of a week.  I’m headed in the correct direction at the moment.  Exercise went well this week and I’ve really tightened up on my eating.  We’ll see how it goes.

The other day, after getting sick of seeing the video of the South Carolina police shooting, I posted the following on Facebook:

“The coverage of the shooting in SC has raised an important question in my mind, so please note that the following is not about what happened, but about the COVERAGE of what happened:

After hearing all about the police officer in South Carolina, and seeing video of what happened with every report and on every source, I am very concerned. This is not about what transpired. That is not for me to judge. I wasn’t there. I am concerned about justice in this IT-filled world. With what will certainly be the most important evidence being broadcast 24/7, I honestly do not think the officer will be able to get a fair trial, not only in SC, but ANYWHERE. NBC News has posted what it calls “A Closer Look” at the shooting – a dissection of the video. Officials in SC are posturing for any reporter that will listen, making damn sure the nation knows they have already decided who is to blame. The Chief of Police in Charleston stopped short of using the word “guilty”, but just barely. The officer is being tried NOW – without the benefit of a court or a defense – because of 24-hour internet news, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, and people wanting their 15 minutes of fame. I really do not see how there can ever be an impartial jury in this case. Our right to a trial is being damaged, maybe permanently, since we all know all this instantaneous technology is here to stay.”

I truly believe this.  In this society of instant news; world-wide transmission of questionable videos of events by any amateur with a cell phone; and unlimited reach through things like Facebook, Twitter and all the other sites; being prejudged in the court of public opinion is unavoidable.

Don’t get me wrong – I am not for censorship or increased control of the internet.  This technology is here to stay and is constantly improving.  That’s just the way it is.  Society is not going to backtrack on that, barring some type of total breakdown (an EMP or disaster a la “2012”, for example).  Does this mean our justice system needs to adapt?  Perhaps, but how?  A question for another time.  Meanwhile, we would all do well to remember that we can be spied on at any time, doing anything, and not necessarily by “Big Brother”.  “Little Brother”, the cell phone packing individual, is even more dangerous.

On a lighter and more pleasant note, today is a perfect spring day.  Most of the different types of birds I see in the backyard are out.  I note the male goldfinches are changing from their winter drab to bright yellow.  It is just warm enough that a coat is not required, there is a breeze, and the sun is shining in a mostly clear sky.  Small white clouds that let us make shapes in our minds are the only things breaking up the blue.

When I get irritated at things like someone being convicted without a trial, I try to spend some time looking at the birds.  At least being recorded while bird watching would not be of interest to anyone.

Until next week….


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