On learning bad news via the Internet

Sad, sad news today — the death of a friend. I found out via my LiveJournal friendslist, between two posts about the amusing things people had done over the weekend. I’ve written before about juxtaposition and context online, and how I don’t think there’s anything to be done about the often massive shifts in subject matter and tone as you move from post to post.

But it made me think about something else that happens when bad news hits you online: the way denial manifests. I found myself hoping that the post about the death was just wrong, so I started searching for anything that would refute it. Instead, of course, I found confirmation, and the first few of what I’m sure will be many tributes.

I didn’t get to spend much time with him. I’m glad I got the time I did. My condolences to his family and all of his many friends.

Nothing else to say.

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