This week, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I are coming in hot with a take: celebrity death Twitter is bad. On today’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button?, we ask if there’s a proper way to mourn a celebrity’s death, particularly on Twitter. Is it really an authentic message when someone tweets, “oh no,” along with the news of a celebrity’s death? Does it even matter if the message is authentic?
We chat with a bunch of guests for this one: 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, actually,…
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