Friday, December 23, 2005

Too Lazy or Too Stupid?

One thing that bothers me about our society is that so many people are too lazy or too stupid to think through what the media is telling them. About everything of social or political value ought to be taken with a grain of salt - regardless of the source. There is a great experiment that I picked up on the way to earning a minor in Interpersonal Communication. Tape a white and black piece of paper and tape or glue them together back-to-back. Then, have two unsuspecting people face each other with their eyes closed. Put the paper up between them, ask them to open their eyes. Ask them each what color the page is. Of course, one will say "white" and the other "black." Start asking them to defend their position. What is all comes down to is that we instantly assume that what we are exposed to is the right answer or the only right answer. I worry that our society is becoming one in which people are either too lazy or too stupid to question what the media tells them. People really do buy into the "spin." I wish more people would queston what they hear and read on the media reports about what happens in the legal system. If so, they might find that only those with an agenda say the glass is half empty or half full. The reality is that it is both.

An Intro and an Overview

This blog is for me to jot down some thoughts regarding the american criminal justice system. Being a local county prosecuting attorney and having spent time as a private attorney, public defender, and law clerk for a trial judge, I can assure you the media rarely portrays things fully or accurately. Let's face it: The media is an imperfect medium covering an imperfect and commonly misunderstood segment of our society. So, I'll use this blog to share and exchange ideas on criminal justice issues that I feel are not being accurately or fully portrayed by the media and other sources of information and debate. I hope you enjoy. And, please share any thoughts you have on a criminal justice issue that isn't getting reported fairly and accurately.

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