Internet 'a strange place'
10 October 2011, 12:34
The internet is a strange, strange place, and no where can we see this more, than in the events that have followed today’s announcement on the death of former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. He was 56 and had long suffered with cancer.
Within hours of the news breaking, the internet was literally flooded with reactions from all over the world. A closer look into these shows you how exactly the internet, or rather the people who use the internet, deal with tragic events.
Facebook statuses were updated, Twitter tweets were posted and a slew of captioned pictures depicting Jobs were uploaded onto image hosting websites. Many of these were arguably made in bad taste.
For example, one update I saw said, “I can no longer blame the Republicans or the Democrats, cancer took our Jobs”. Another example pictured a smiling Jobs saying, “They’ll love the iPhone 4S, I bet my life on it”. The third and final example I will give is another picture of Jobs with the simple, yet hard-hitting caption, “iDied”.
Are people wrong to make puns like this? Are they in bad taste? Or is this simply how the internet collective deals with tragedy or the passing of an icon? We saw it with Michael Jackson back in 2009 and we even saw it with the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March this year – “What’s shakin’ in Japan?”
We each deal with death and tragedy in our own way. Often, it is best to do so through the use of humour.
The way I see it, at least Jobs knows that more than a fair share of these pictures and updates were made using the products that his brilliant mind was responsible for creating.
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