O.J., a beloved athlete who had risen to fame and stardom despite racial obstacles, and other such fallen celebrities, call us to reexamine our deeply held biases. How could such a great guy have committed this heinous crime?
By now, most of us have no doubt he did it. This in itself points to an evolution of national consciousness. But at the time of the trial, people wanted to know the truth of what happened. The national news services responded by showing us non-stop coverage of the full trial. After all, we had gotten used to this concept through MTV’s The Real World which had started just a few years before.
We had also gotten used to the idea of cover-ups, corruption behind the veil, and the sordid truth about the private lives of celebrities. (Why don't Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt bathe? Am I right?) Add this to the idea that we could actually know what happened and you have the perfect mixture for real life drama.
Now to the actual trial and the people involved…