"Devil is believed in many religions and cultures to be a powerful, supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The Devil is commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers." - Wikipedia
Therefore, the term "Devil" can only exist if you are a believer. Devil is associated with Satan in Hell (in a religious person's eyes), therefore to me, the term "devil" is non existent. I would even want to place my own definition on the word devil because then I am insinuating that there is a Heaven, which none of us knows is true or not.
All over the news, "she-devil" was an accepted term for Amanda and many people read it without thinking twice... but somehow, it left me feeling confused as devil's done exist to me.
I don't know about the Italian justice system. In the American justice system, there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We will probably never know the true story of this murder, or who did it, or who did not do it.
It is interesting that of the 3 convicted, the only one still in prison is a black man. In addition the one who Amanda Knox falsely accused, and was convicted of perjury for, was a black man. Some of her time in prison was considered punishment for that perjury. There is, in my mind, a sense of "the black guy did it". This is a common accusation in the US, and Amanda Knox is an American. Racism also exists in Italy, having lead to violence in the recent past. This does not prove that she was a murderer, however, or that the convicted man is wrongly convicted.
Good thing Italy doesn't have the quick 'conviction to gunshot in the head" that China has, or Ms. Knox's vindication would be a moot point. Also good thing for her she's a white American woman. Although some did think that the original conviction was partly due to antiAmerican resentment.
Even if she's a sex kitten (one of the claims on her character), that doesn't prove anything about whether she committed murder. There are lots of people who will have sex at the drop of a hat, and they are not murderers, and some of them are the nicest people around.
Even if she's a "she-devil", that also doesn't prove she's a murderer. I have worked with, and known, a number of people who meet the dictionary definition of that term, and as far as I know, none of them are murderers. Also a few "he-devils", so use of the term is a bit sexist. Also, the term may have different nuances in Italian culture and Italian language, that we miss from the translation.
Our reporting system is so sensational ans so shallow, it's hard to make much of this. It will quickly sink into the background, until she publishes her book, then... "oooh, shiny!".
In this case though, his blood and DNA were all over the crime scene only his. I understand he later confessed to the murder whiIe in prison. I followed the appeal fairly closely. The reason Amanda Knox got off was because there was not a single scrap of evidence she was even there at the time the murder was committed. She got off because there was no evidence she was guilty and some that pointed evidence tampering to make her look guilty. The only thing the prosecution actually proved through evidence was after 50 hours of interrogation, she began to make up stuff and she may have covered for her friends.
The American media never called her a "she-devil" accept when reporting on what the Italian media was saying. We never call anyone names like "she-devil" even Pam Smart (a teacher who convinced her teenage boyfriends to murder her husband) or Andrea Yates (a woman who believed god told her to kill her five children) or Susan Smith (who killed her children because her boyfriend didn't like them).
I never actually saw your poll, but I would only be able to answer along the lines of "this poll is invalid." Why bother to ask an allegedly serious question about a fictional entity, unless you wanted to spread that theistic meme? Wouldn't it make more sense to poll about the illogical mind virus appellation the media use?
Would you bother to respond to a question such as, "Is Brother Richard a satyr?" It presupposes satyrs exist. Isn't the question just too stupid? Would you also start discussions about movies with titles like, "Dumb and Dumber" or "Jackass"? Give your audience credit for a few neurons.
If you're interested in language use, and the pitfalls thereof, please don't start at the bottom of the theistic meme pit.
Thanks to libel suits, the American media has very tight restrictions on how they report about crime. For example, they must use words like "alleged bank robber" or "arrested for murder". They cannot call people names or say anything the presupposes guilt. Here are the rules the US media must follow when reporting crime: http://www.justicejournalism.org/crimeguide/chapter06/sidebars/chap...