Blaming social media is a cop-out

When problems and major issues arise, it is easy to blame something or someone that is around, but not necessarily present. Social media receives too much blame for the problems in the world today.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch attacked the media and “non-stop” social media during his 25 minute press conference Monday where he announced police officer Darren Wilson, who has since resigned, will not be tried for the death of Michael Brown.

Mr. McCulloch, how is it that you can attack outside sources if you and the jury can rule that there is no reason to even put Wilson on trial for Brown’s death? Obviously social media did not play that big of an impact, on you or the jury, for any action can occur. I respect the law, and respect this ruling, but blaming social media is unacceptable.

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Social media posts alter jury selection

Social media can get you out of serving on a jury? Lawyers have the authority to go thru perspective jurors social media pages and investigate whether if a certain juror shows bias or favor towards certain views.

The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.
The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.

The American Bar Association sees no problem with this as long as their social media pages are public, so the only way lawyers are not able to view your pages are if they are set to private viewing. Lawyers are also not allowed to ‘friend’ or message you.

West Virginia fans winning at social media, losing with police

Social media allows us to share our lives in a public manner. For some in Morgantown, West Virginia on October 19, posting on social media possibly got them arrested.

The police viewed social media sites Twitter, Instagram, and even anonymous Yik Yak to find patrons who were destroying public property after the West Virginia football team upset Baylor in Morgantown. Police Chief Ed Preston said those who were caught engaging in illegal activity will be charged.

Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.
Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.