Here’s a little confession: I have a “sleep ritual” that helps me to cope with the crazy life I lead. I’m married to an ER doctor who comes home at weird hours of the night and turns on Sports Center. I parent a teen who seems to sleep during the 3 am to 11 am shift. I’m a menopausal woman with hot flashes (I know, TMI). And I tend to “sleep around” — finding myself in a hotel room bed about once a week these days.
My sleep ritual involves a big fan next to my head, one of those “eye mask” things to keep things dark, and iPhone earphones in my ears. Sometimes I listen to podcasts (both Catholic and geek/tech), sometimes audio books, and often the “live” feed of CNN.
It’s that last one that’s been giving my nightmares the past few weeks. For some reason, the nightly news seems to be dominated by the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve seen this in the past on other news networks — case in point Nancy Grace. Many of these shows offer daily updates that can take hours, giving the testimony of the day but also spending quite a lot of time with a panel of experts who dissect the trial in great detail.
It has me thinking about the larger issue: is televised jurisprudence a good thing?
My jury is still out on this one, and I’d love to hear from you.
A question for you: Do televised trials and courtroom analysis benefit the common good?