This week, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I are getting hot: the death of celebrities Twitter is bad. In today's episode Why did you press that button?, we ask if there is a good way to mourn the death of a celebrity, especially on Twitter. Is it really an authentic message when someone tweets, "oh no" along with the news of the death of a celebrity? Does it even matter if the message is authentic?
We chat with a number of guests for this: Ashley Feinberg, a reporter at Slate; Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet and author; Sidney Gish, a musician; and, finally, Timothy Recuber, an assistant professor of sociology at Smith College, who specializes in mass media, digital culture, and emotions. Without giving away too much, Recuber tells us that Twitter of celebrities may be minimized in the future as influencer and micro-celebrities become more prominent. Something to look forward to!
Listen to the above episode and you can subscribe to the show where you usually get your podcasts. To make it easy for you, we have also linked our usual places: Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and ours RSS feed. I should also note that this is the last episode in our Death Online series, so if you have missed the first two episodes about preparing for your online death and the death of Jibo, check it out.