When large groups of people are exposed to the same exact body of facts but “intuitively” feel strongly one way or the other – polarized - based on deeper life-long accruing concerns and prejudices that have significant unconscious bearing on their decision making system (possibly selectively listening/reasoning), but generally unbeknownst to them until it is brought to light by some polarizing event that entirely reasonable people can’t otherwise see eye-to-eye on.
Jesus – I was utterly shocked OJ was deemed innocent by the jury, but every black person I know and love – to a person – felt exactly the opposite of my skinny white ass. Both sides bold-faced convicted to their vision of the obvious truth. Something larger must be going on. 'One million people' (x2) can’t be wrong. The “OJ Effect”.
As an American I went to the Japanese War Memorial Museum where me, an Aussie, and a Brit (who never met before) were utterly dumbfounded by the official Japanese vision of the events of WWII, most notably who started the war between Japan and the USA. Only then did I realize my own John Wayne exposure to the war was equally disturbing.
The preconception that any person who is acquitted of a crime who also has fame and/or vast financial means was really guilty. In other words, all rich/famous people use their money/status to essentially "buy" a "not guilty" verdict. Derived from the popular notion that OJ Simpson was actually guilty but got off because of his status as an NFL & film star and his means to hire high-profile lawyers like Johnnie Cochran and Robert Shapiro.
Dick: Those CEOs are totally guilty of embezzlement
. I can't believe they got off. They probably paid off the judge or the jurors with all of their ill-gotten gains.
Jane: I think you're suffering from the OJ Effect.