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Ep. 5: Steubenville, Part 3: Town on Trial (Gamebreaker)

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[Contains Explicit Content] In Part 3, the case against two Steubenville football players goes to trial while Anonymous terrifies Steubenville residents and intimidates witnesses. Was justice ultimately served? Five years later, the case challenges us to understand how online vigilantes altered the events and why most people still don’t know the real story of Steubenville.
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Part 3

Would you listen to Ep. 5: Steubenville, Part 3: Town on Trial (Gamebreaker) again? Why?

Yes, It was really good and I enjoyed listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite episode in this episode

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

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The Rest of the Story. For violent, modern times.

What did you love best about Ep. 5: Steubenville, Part 3: Town on Trial (Gamebreaker)?

Sound design by Derek John was especially well done during this episode; music is of just right tone, as emotional without being maudlin. Many sounds played at key points subtly move the piece along.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ep. 5: Steubenville, Part 3: Town on Trial (Gamebreaker)?

There were two momentous occasions. One was in the visual of the unmasked man being surrounded by those countering that sort of vendetta; it was vivid and while not entirely unexpected, has a ring of horror to it.

The other was the sorrow in Alexandria Goddard's voice when she speaks about regretting becoming involved in technological underground vigilantism.
These are the considerations we must make when dealing with ancient ills, as rape, in a technocentric society,

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

I appreciate the fact that the "human" behind the stories are vividly featured. Without visual cues, listeners form a visual, likely to be highly accurate.

Any additional comments?

This is important work. It's told compellingly, in interesting layers of story that merge and converge at points where one is almost ready to say "What about ... ?" and is then presented the information to satisfy listener's curiosity.

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  • Thomas
  • 05-28-19

A biased retelling

I have no skin in this game. But, I found this story to be unapologetically telling a pro-law enforcement version of events. There's simply no questions asked about why the public were suspicious, or the cultural factors that usually leaves rapists free, or similar cases in the past. The conclusion is "internet trolls caused harm, and the law enforcement did not have any issues". However, I remember a specific news report where a reporter said how sad it was that these young athletes' lives were being ruined by the juvie sentence, as if that wasn't self-inflicted. Why was none of the visible pro-athlete media narrative covered in this? And I'm sure there are many more factors that I don't know about - but there was nothing to learn here from that side of the story.

So, even as someone who did not follow the case at the time, I feel like what I knew brought more balance to the story than this 90 minute retelling.