George Zimmerman who was arrested last week , now awaits two trials, one in the court of law and one in the court of public opinion.

I was fortunate enough to see David Carr, journalist for The New York Times, speak last month at a convention for aspiring news writers, photographers, and designers in New York City. He gave a speech on his experience as a reporter today and gave inspiring tips to those hoping to break into the same field. During a Q&A session, many young journalists were very eager to ask questions pertaining to his dark past entailed in his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun (no one could blame them). What stuck with me the most was when a shy, but curious, voice asked for Carr’s opinion on social media’s role in journalism today. Based on his sly and humorous character, I assumed he would answer with some cunning or dismissive remark. And yet, with a straight face, he gave a detailed response on how social media plays a role in pretty much any news story, how involved it makes just about everyone, and how journalists today should try to manipulate it.

Fast forward to a few weeks later, this Trayvon Martin story becomes (sorry to say) only background white noise to me; the media’s tendency to overwhelm their audiences with a story (or just those shocking details aimed at riling you toward your picket signs) becomes easy to ignore, even beneficial at times. But I ended up surrendering my ignorance and decided to read up on this topic.

Conveniently, I found Carr’s article on this controversy, and it was all that I had been thinking and more. To try to sum it up, he explained it all from the perspective of the outside looking in; how quick people are to rush to a side of an issue where they hold no ground (except when taking into consideration the influence of social media today, they just might). Carr really underlines everything the public has obsessed over in this case, and it’s certainly worth the read if you’re one of those who has picked a side on this matter.

The “Stand Your Ground” law has been brought to light as a result of this now national topic, and rightfully so, no matter how late. And of course, it is worth sharing opinions and debating whether or not laws like this can protect citizens more than it does harm. Unfortunately, the news media’s time is devoted to cherry picking and pettifogging things about this case—Martin’s twitter, email messages, and other things that pertain to his personal life. These are trivial things; it’s as if whether Martin was perceived as a scholar or a delinquent would prove anything about George Zimmerman’s self defense claim.

Zimmerman might as well have killed in cold blood considering the majority’s view of him after the incident. Carr points out the Twitter account that says he should be killed and director, Spike Lee’s brash decision to tweet an address that he thought belonged to Zimmerman. As a result, an elderly couple living at the given address received hate mail, and were forced out of their home.

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding this story pertaining to “taking the law into your own hands.” Is this not the case with the ones who call for Zimmerman’s death? This is juvenile and an embarrassing example of sadism. If you take sides in an affair based on information you’ve gathered from FOX news, take a second look at why you hold your opinions so strongly.