Culture and Media, Steubenville Edition

Written January 7th, 2013 by Ken

In 1968 Andy Warhol said that, “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” This was prior to existing social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Andy might think that 15 minutes might be a bit on the low side these days. In May of 2012 I did an article at TSB where I commented on another article by Rob Oller regarding athletes’ (or anyone else’s, for that matter) use of social media.

Fast forward to August 11, 2012 in Steubenville, Ohio. I don’t have the stomach to relate the details of the particulars, but you should read about the allegations here, here and here. My comments below will be centered on the articles. Cliff Notes version: An end-of summer party got out of hand and two Steubenville high school football players are accused of the assault of a 16 year old girl. Due to high levels of inebriation, the girl, and her parents were not aware of the assault until they came across it on social media. [Ed: let that sink in for a moment]. The case is scheduled to come to trial in mid-February.

To be clear, the evidence, and stories coming out of this event, as horrific as they seem, should not be a basis for determining guilt in this case; that’s for the court of law to determine. We need to let this play out in the judicial system.

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