Consider how thousands, if not millions of people seemed devastated with Princess Diana died. I'm alien among people crying out, as if they knew her personally. Then all the memorial/mourning practices that followed. I don't know how much of that is influenced vs. instinctive. It's sure as shit weird though. Especially to me. That's not the same thing as empathizing with a close friend that lost their mother. I can empathize with my friend's suffering without feeling his pain. When it comes to strangers, especially 'celebrity' - I think it's a loss of what these people represent. Don't get me wrong, I can be bummed out (for a split second) that one of my favorite entertainers died but still not feel the loss, or a need to mourn them.[quote]
Yeah, celebrity deaths are interesting. Some people get so caught up in their lives that I think to them it does start to resemble a relationship of sorts and they do in fact mourn on some level. And for whatever reason, publicity for money making or social engineering, the media does its best to achieve the above scenario - to create the bond between the celebrity and average Joe.
Edited by ShadowLover (05/12/17 09:04 PM)
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