What contributes to how Twitter reacts to a celebrity’s death?
Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of our greatest dramatic actors, died under the most tragic of circumstances. Twitter responded appropriately, with a combination of shock, disbelief and effusive reverence.
Shirley Temple, on the other hand, died of old age (which makes the death fair game for joke-making, right?), tap-danced and has a non-alcoholic beverage named after her. Therefore…fun tweets! It makes you realize that if social media were around in the ‘30s or ‘40s Temple probably would have had the inflation-adjusted equivalent of Katy Perry’s 50 million plus followers. Modern day tweeters can recognize the strength of a powerful social media #brand even across generations. Incredible.
Then you have Sid Caesar, who also died of old age. Unfortunately, most people probably didn’t even really know who he was, though. Is there a salad joke in there somewhere? Probably not? Okay, let’s move on.
Speaking of death, Valentine’s Day was on Friday and, not surprisingly, all of the dateless among us glued to the Internet took to Twitter in full force in between episodes of House of Cards. I’m not sure if all the jokes articulating the stupidity of the Hallmark holiday made single people feel better or worse about their situation. You’d think it would create a sense of solidarity, but then again Twitter tends to make everyone feel worse about everything.
...Oh, and Shia LeBeouf did something stupid again.