I shelved this post last night at about 10pm because I just couldn’t wrap my head around the utter ignorance of the Internet. Around midnight, while zoning in front of the tellie, a potential reason for the ignorance of what has blown up into “FlowerGate” came to me like a dream – no doubt inspired by the idiocy of the movie I was watching.
Someone thought it would be a grand idea to send Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz a floral arrangement in the name of a Reddit message board whose goal is to convince the world of Steven Avery’s guilt, one post at a time. Earlier this week, for the second time, Judge Sutkiewicz denied Steven Avery’s request for a new trial, making her a hero in the eyes of the “guilters” that populate the subReddit.
It’s my opinion (like assholes, everybody has one), that members of that dank and moldy little corner of the Internet were behind the “prank”, despite their fake wide-eyed innocence.
Not content with their limited ability to insult, denigrate and defame various individuals involved in the Steven Avery case, one of the message board’s two resident “attorneys” (I use that word lightly, as there is no proof that either of these individuals even graduated high school, let alone possesses a law degree), appeared on Twitter and challenged Steven Avery’s defense attorney, Kathleen Zellner and had his ass handed to him on a fucking plate. Ms Zellner didn’t even deign to acknowledge his(?) presence.
His long-winded opinions on the workings of wrongful conviction and exonerations (which he clearly doesn’t understand, “attorney” or not) severely hog-tied by Twitter’s 280 character limit, he skittered on back to his dark little hole on Reddit. In recent months the message board has deteriorated to little more than an echo chamber where members participate in a virtual circle jerk of insults and back-thumping among the 10-12 regular posters.
What better way to lure (see what I did there?) to drum up interest interest in their little hellhole? What better way to lure the newbs, whether curious viewers with an interest in the case or other virtual douche-canoes who get their rocks of by yukking it up over each other’s stupidity?
The anonymity of the Internet has broken any sense of right and wrong that some people ever had. In their mind, even the most obvious boundaries have been not just blurred, but completely erased.