Quit Your 'Synthetic' Grieving for Peaches Geldof
Tonya Gold is worried about 'deadness of spirit' in our modern world
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2014 12:38 PM CDT
Peaches Geldof in February of this year.   (AP Photo/C. d'Ettorre)

(Newser) – Peaches Geldof was a public persona who died in the digital age, and thus all kinds of people have felt compelled to comment about her life and speculate about her death on social media. At the Guardian, Tonya Gold is not pleased about what this says about our society. "The grunt of synthetic emotion was gruesome," she writes, complaining that silence is apparently impossible in the days of the hashtag.

But isn't it touching that so many were affected by Geldof's death? No, writes Gold. "To me, it feels like entertainment posted on to a random face, a hand clutching blindly for something vivid." And along those lines: "Perhaps there is a connection between this sort of grief—which is not grief at all, but drama and distraction—and a growing deadness of spirit towards others." Click for her full column.

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Norman Johnson
Apr 10, 2014 6:30 PM CDT
Holy crap! I don't give a sh*t.That's my real emotion.Maybe Bob "Pinky" Geldoff could die too!Yay!
Apr 10, 2014 1:38 AM CDT
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me. I have seen them riding seaward on the waves Combing the white hair of the waves blown back When the wind blows the water white and black. We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
Apr 10, 2014 12:58 AM CDT
Don't know who she is and didn't know that she died. I do agree that there's a lot of wailing on the internet. But, better to get caught up in the grief of others than have to live through your own.