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Monday 23 February 2004

Recreational Grief

After the death of Diana I was appalled at what I perceived to be a massive over reaction by the British public at large. Whole sections of the community seemed as grief stricken and devastated as if they had lost a member of their close family. And yet, to the vast majority of them, she was just someone they saw on TV and in the newspaper, another in a long line of celebrities. But I didn't say anything to many people. It just wouldn't have done.

Then with the Soham murders we had the same thing and I had similar thoughts, although this seemed more media driven. At the time of the girls' funeral, their parents had to ask that only family and friends attend for fear that the whole village would be overrun with members of the public.

Now, finally, someone has had the balls to state it in public.

I would not wish to take anything away from genuine grief. Indeed, I agree with the report. In generating these false, garish displays of emotion, genuine grief seems somehow diluted.

Found at B, C & O

February 23, 2004 2:12 PM | Stuff of Interest

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