“Are we making too much of ‘Making a Murderer’?,” by Meghan Daum of the Los Angeles Times. Published on January 7, 2016.
Meghan Daum’s article, “Are we making too much of ‘Making a Murderer’? (2016),” argues that due to the popularity and stance of the new Netflix series, its viewers only acknowledge one facet of the case, the pro-Avery side. Daum supports her argument by providing direct quotes of the filmmakers and defense lawyers, details of the public response to watching the film on social media, and personal commentary. This evidence fuels Daum’s purpose, which is to give the reader a reality-check about the case if he or she has seen the Netflix series. Keeping the details and the first-person view, we can assume the Daum is directly talking to the viewers of the documentary who has an unchanging opinion of the movie.
During the beginning of the article, Daum provides a slim background of the murder trials and begins her argument by acknowledging that even though the docuseries provides a detailed account of the trial, the viewer does not know every single fact of the case, demonstrating her logos.Daum believes that because of the ”
Daum believes that because of the “rabid public response” to the series, it is evident that people have only thought of one side of the story. To demonstrate this, Daum includes a Yelp review of the lead prosecutor by an Avery-supporter, “I hope that you get an incurable STD and spend the rest of your short life in constant misery, you fat slob.” When I read this, I immediately began to laugh, not only because of the exaggeration of the comment!