Crowdsourcing the Law: Trying Sexual Assault on Social Media

Crowdsourcing the Law: Trying Sexual Assault on Social Media

by Francine Banner


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While the general public may feel uncomfortable discussing sexual assault and violence with neighbors or coworkers, the popularity of Twitter, Snapchat, and a host of other social media platforms suggests that we are not shy about expressing our opinions online. Debates that just a few years ago would have taken place in real life have been relocated online; allowing eager commenters to share their thoughts on guilt or innocence with legions of virtual strangers. Crowdsourcing the Law explores how everyday participants interpret and apply law in the influential online court of public opinion. Engaging a multidisciplinary, case study approach, the book analyzes social media comments about public figures such as Bill Cosby, Brock Turner, and Harvey Weinstein to address ambitious questions like: How are rape myths being challenged, reinforced, and reinvented on social media? What is the promise and peril of the #MeToo movement for transforming the law? And can due process be afforded in the face of an increasingly powerful virtual jury?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498550949
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Francine Banner is attorney and associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Survivors Chapter 1: The Casting Couch: Commonwealth v. William Henry Cosby, Jr. Chapter 2: Gold Diggers: Erica Kinsman v. Jameis Winston Chapter 3: Liars: Phi Kappa Psi v. Rolling Stone, LLC Part II: The Perpetrators Chapter 4: Railroaded: State of Mississippi v. Milam and Bryant Chapter 5: Monsters: People of the State of California v. Brock Allen Turner Part III: Crowdsourcing the Law Chapter 6: Reckoning: People v. Weinstein

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