This week I’ve been quite shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Peaches Geldof. The 25 year died suddenly in her home, leaving behind two young sons.
Naturally, the outpouring of sympathy on social media sites has been quite nice to see. However, I was more than a little surprised to see comments on Twitter from her sisters and father and husband.
I mean, I guess when you are public figure even your grief isn’t private and at some stage you’ll have to make some kind of statement, usually of the ‘please respect our privacy at this time.’ And that’s fine.
But honestly, ON THE DAY one of your family dies is it really appropriate to take to Twitter to talk about it? Is that the first port of call for someone in grief? Is there nothing else you have to do that is more important on the day of your sister/daughter/wife’s death than to take to social media to talk about it? How were you even putting together coherent sentences? And what part of your brain thought ‘I know, I must Tweet about this.’ ?
Maybe I’m just old fashioned, or maybe I’m out of touch. But has social media become such a crutch that we simply can’t go through any aspect of our lives – even the most private and painful and shocking – without feeling that we need to tell the world in 140 characters or less?
Perhaps it was a team of publicists and management taking over and posting. Or perhaps some people are just losing touch with reality. Either way, and you are all entitled to your own opinions, I just can’t fathom why anyone would feel the need to post like that at that time.
Is nothing sacred anymore?