Unlike juries of yesterday, today’s jury pool has a wealth of information at its fingertips, owing to the modern information highway. Regardless of generational characteristics — baby boomers are characterized by their individuality, idealism and willingness to work their way up the ladder; Generation X-ers by their distaste for authority and self-sufficiency; and millennials, the children of helicopter parents, have a sense of entitlement, are well-educated and respect authority without being in awe of it —those who compose a contemporary jury pool tend to have shorter attention spans, higher expectations in terms of drama and entertainment in the courtroom, and of course, increased access to a constant stream of information thanks largely to reality television and the influx of necessary devises.
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