The only reason people are glued to the TV to watch the Pistorius trial is cos he’s a public i.e ‘famous’ figure. It’s intruding on private griefs and the law process. It’s sensationalism and for many people is extremely uncomfortable. What’s the public’s opinion got to do with the final judgement? That’s why they appoint judges/juries isn’t it? They (including some talk show DJs) are just being nosey and voyeuristic.
Plus how can the Pistorius judge be totally impartial when she knows there’s all this Social Media commentary about the case?
What should REALLY be on trial is the subtle indoctrination of men worldwide to make them believe they have to be macho, egotistical and bullying in order to be a winner (army material), and to enhance their strength they need guns. ALL the foregoing is magnified and mirrored by the roles of the above types of men (macho) in film, computer games and all creativity. In film, the shot people get up and walk away once the cameras stop rolling…
What people in the dock for gun crime need ….. is not jail which will make them harder and prob’ly (more) corrupt, and is a waste of a life, but a re-education on what it is to be a human being – the complete scale…..
People in the West should wake up and realise they are reacting to frustration over having absolutely no control over the way their own country is run – all political parties being the same – progressing right wing (which is extreme left wing, when you compare communism and elite capitalism.) doctrines and dogmas.
When individuals have diminishing levels of control over their own lives, unable to do and live exactly as they would like, their need for vicarious enjoyment increases – an irrefutable law of inversion.