Let’s hear it for the hoodie; or, why can’t the TV talking heads just shut up?

Just when it seems as if the talking heads on AM-radio and the 24-hour cable-news TV channels can’t get any more irresponsible, along comes something like the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

From this to this, the chattering class has already said too much about the death of this young man. And the more they continue to say, the more likely it is that no one will ever really know what really happened.

Eric Zorn, a columnist and blogger for the Chicago Tribune,  nicely summarized the situation today.

But to blame Martin’s death on his hooded sweatshirt strikes me as one of the dumbest things Geraldo Rivera has said in a long career of saying dumb things. Reaction to Rivera’s comments about hoodies also illustrates some of the great things about social media and what the Internet has become.  Almost immediately, this site was launched. And protesters nationwide have taken to wearing hooded sweatshirts. There are a lot of sweatshirts popping up today in pictures being posted on Facebook and Twitter.

So I’ve also jumped on this Internet meme with a picture of me in a hooded sweatshirt. I can’t help but wonder if George Zimmerman would think I look all gangster, too.

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