Twitter, tragedy and pointless comparisons


I have to wonder: would people be saying the same horrible things about Amy Winehouse’s death if it hadn’t happened at the same time as the killings in Norway? Is it simply a matter of timing that has sparked such anger and caused people to cry about the injustice of news publications covering the death of a well-known musician?

Is this just another way for holier-than-thou types to let everyone know how much more clever and cultural they are than everyone else? Is the implication meant to be that those who express sadness over Amy Winehouse are too caught up in ‘celebrity scandal’ that they simply don’t know about other events, including those in Norway?


Have these people not realised that in the world we live in, at any given time there are any number of tragedies, deaths and injustices happening across the world? They may be right in asking why we should give so much attention to one, but wrong in saying which other should be more worthy of our attention.

Now, here we have it: ‘Pop culture is a disease.’ Is paying tribute to a talented musician, a drug addict, and most importantly, a human being, a symptom of this so-called disease? Let’s belittle the woman and those who care about her by reminding everyone that her death was not an ‘actual’ tragedy, but rather a silly pop culture news story.

And finally, someone speaks a bit of sense. You can think about, feel sad about, worry about, cry about, get angry about, write about and report about any number of things. By talking about one thing, you are not necessarily saying you don’t care about another thing. Also, this person had the sense to point out that there are things happening other than these two incidents.

Finally I’d like to point out that while Amy Winehouse was a drug addiction, addiction is not a ‘choice’. In saying that you have no respect or sympathy for addicts (paraphrasing a popular opinion on Twitter) you are showing yourself to be a very heartless, judgemental person. Would you be saying the same thing if your mother, father, family member, friend or lover was a drug addict? Is it easier to say that she brought it on herself and deserves no grief than accepting that we, as a society, watched the media circus of her addiction and troubles and have now seen her die from it?

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2 thoughts on “Twitter, tragedy and pointless comparisons

  1. Thank you Emily I feel exactly the same I am genuinely sad that Amy Winehouse has died, and even more so that every time I turn on the telly or read the papers people are trying to say its not a tragedy because she was an addict… and don’t get me started on the internet- the internet (especially facebook) is cruel. It upsets me that the public had a very judgmental attitude of that you can’t be upset because she did it to herself. It shocks me as to how much the attitude has changed, you know like back when Mum was young rock stars were forever getting off their faces on drugs n alcohol and if they died people were really upset but now the news of her death is so focused around her addiction and her self destructive lifestyle, not that a young talented woman has died.
    Also most of your posts from twitter were posted 24th – the shootings in Norway happened earlier than Amy Winehouse dying. The shootings happened Fri, Amy died Sat afternoon. Im farely sure all the front pages on Sat were of the Norway tragedy…and still are now as it is the bigger global tragedy.. although this doesn’t mean that fans can’t mourn a very talented artist.

    I appologise for my little rant on your blog – Love you Em xx

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