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Aug 15, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Court of Public Opinion: Mourning in the age of Twitter

This week's CoPO asks: "Can social media mourning be genuine?"

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In the days after the untimely death of Princess Diana in the summer of 1997, a massive swell of public grief washed over England. Mourners publicly expressed their shared grief by leaving mountains of flower bouquets outside Kensington Palace and the late princess' London home.

Fast forward 17 years later to the age of social media.

Mourning, once such a private experience, has never before been such a public activity, played out by millions of social network users.

The death of a public figure, as seen with the recent passing of actor Robin Williams, can bring on an avalanche of tweets from both admirers and fellow public figures expressing their grief and heartache.

But as Politico reporter Dylan Byers noted in a recent column, social media grief can be equal parts heartfelt and irksome.

"The stream of personal rememberances reminds you of social media's true raison d'être, and throws it into sharp relief: Every post, every trweet, every click is ultimately about you."

With that mind mind, this week's CoPO asks: Can social media mourning be genuine, or is it all about the person writing the post?

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