New Technology, Old Ritual
We're all in favor of technology here, especially if it helps the news get out, but Twittering a funeral seems a bit over the line, akin to a play-by-play of a burial rite.
Twitter, for those who don't spend every waking moment keeping up with new technology, is a way to send short (140-character) messages to whomever wants to receive them, via cell phones, computers, or other electronic devices.
The editor of the Rocky Mountain News, who sent a reporter to do that very thing at a 3-year-old's funeral, told his local alternative paper: "I could go to a funeral and Twitter it and you'd appreciate it, because I would do it in a sensitive way."
The Colorado Independent, which first drew attention to the episode, accused the newspaper of taking Twitter to "staggeringly low depths," and called the coverage "[u]tterly, and unforgivingly, inconceivable."
The Rocky Mountain News editor said that doing this sort of thing at a funeral is "only a controversy for journalists. It's of no consequence to readers."
What do you think?
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