Celebrity Deaths -- and the impact of an 'overly Twittered culture'
Lisa France, a writer and producer at CNN.com, has this story today on celebrity death of 2009 and why it may appear to some that this year was different from the past.
Minor figures like Brittany Murphy and DJ AM get elevated to rock-star status for various reasons -- the deaths come at a shockingly young age, for example -- but mostly because those who care about their lives are young social networkers who drive tremendous traffic online.
Brittany Murphy had a devoted following but is vastly unknown to a great many film lovers. Which is not to say or imply she was without talent, but her performances drew mixed reviews, her promise was largely unfulfilled and she never said anything particularly memorable about her craft. Yet she gets outrageous attention because of online interest, whereas a proven and talented, Academy Award-winning actress like Jennifer Jones, who died days earlier, gets comparably little attention.
What do you think about the impact of social networking and what CNN's France calls our "overly Twittered culture"?
December 22, 2009; 10:53 AM ET
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