More Commentary on the Amero Case

by Karoli on February 23, 2007 · 1 comment

Today’s selection brings some interesting new voices to the shoutout for Julie. Hey, Connecticut, are you listening?

Wired News:

What message does this witch hunt send to students? That if you scream and huff and puff, you can get your way — and a spot on national television — even when you haven’t made the most basic attempts to verify the assumptions on which you base your accusations?

That teachers are at the mercy of parents, even in small numbers? So if you don’t like a teacher, you can use a volatile issue like internet porn to set off your parents and get that teacher fired, maybe even jailed?

Dr. Louanne Cole Weston writes:

This accident was an opportunity for parents to explain that there are many sexual things that go on in the world — and that there are people who want to see pictures of it. And so, there are people who try to make money from what some people want to see.
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At times like these, I always hope that parents will reach for the “teachable moment” and connect with their kids rather than go into high speed fretting about psychological trauma. It is my suspicion that more trauma has been done to the community in which Amero taught due to the specious trial than the momentary glimpse of sexual activity her students accidentally saw.

Techbuddha:

Unfortunately this is not the first or last time we will see a misunderstanding of technology used to convict innocent people, but that doesn’t mean that we should sit by and let this travesty continue.

And Alex Eckelberry is quiet, because he is working on her case.

A “blue-ribbon panel” has come together to work on the forensic examination of both the testimony and the drive image itself prior to her sentencing on March 2nd, and it’s consuming a lot of my free time.

I’m glad to see the attention spreading. Having said that, the one group that has been conspicuously silent on this issue but has been twittering away on what must be more pressing issues (like bickering over the definition of social media) is the most vocal group of bloggers on the internet: the so-called A-list — Robert Scoble and the rest of them — despite it being brought to their attention.

It disappoints me that those who are developing and promoting tools for community, for individual and collective voices to be heard, who promote the use of the Internet for work, entertainment, networking, and life management don’t think this is a significant enough issue to raise their voices.

Social media isn’t about Twittering, no matter how starry-eyed Robert Scoble gets over that stupid app.  I agree with Doc Searls– it’s a misnomer to call it social media unless you draw a line between useless web apps like Twitter and more weighty and valuable apps like blogging, photosharing, and online video commentary. If we are all authors of each other, let’s at least spend some time authoring worthy causes instead of inserting more static in the pipes.

As I write this, I’m watching Barack Obama at a rally in Texas. He’s inspiring, and he’s streaming onto my second monitor via CNN pipeline in real time. I only wish it were a courtroom camera in Connecticut exonerating Julie Amero of all charges and convictions against her, restoring her name and her reputation. They can’t give her back her child, but they can at least release her from the hostage-grasp of unfair accusations and convictions.  Will they?  Only if enough pressure is brought to bear and the prosecutor is injected with a healthy dose of intellectual honesty. 

Keep talking, most people are listening.

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