Are 140 Characters Enough? Social Media as Grief Counsellor


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Robin Williams died yesterday. Without question it was an unexpected tragedy.

Each time a celebrity dies unexpectedly I am surprised. What surprised me again this time was the number of Facebook tributes with people sharing their personal memories of watching his films, or offering condolences to his wife and family, or just words directly to Mr. Williams. My twitter account is also overrun with tweets about Mr. Williams. What did people do in the days before they had to limit their grief to 140 characters? Why are we so drawn to making statements about tragedies (about celebrities and non-celebrities) on social media?

The news articles no longer run quotes from celebrities, they cite tweets.

Steve Martin’s tweet was exceptionally eloquent:

I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

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It’s not about religion, it’s about humanity.

Rhea Patel

With the sun blazing on a hot July afternoon, there was something even more overwhelming than the temperature. This was the anger and frustration fused together of those participating in the pro-Palestine protest taking place in Trafalgar Square. I heard protesters chant ‘Free Palestine’ as they called for an end to the conflict in the West Bank.

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I was unaware of how, why and when this conflict first erupted and thought others may be as well, so here’s some info about how it began… Starting in 2006, the Gaza–Israel conflict, taking place in the region of the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, is a part of the long-term Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in 2014 following a series of events. Those events included the collapse of American-sponsored peace talks, attempts by rival Palestinian factions to form a coalition government, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the subsequent…

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A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

This is so sad. Why here now in 2014 women are still treated like this. Others need to come together abd fight for the women’s right. This is so sickening, so disgraceful. They need to be treated like that.


Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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