POST BY KAREN ARCHEY
What may have been the most poignant day in recent history depressed the shit out of us here at AFC. But our melancholy was due less to Michael Jackson's televised funeral than the weirdly banal status updates via CNN's live video feed and Facebook status plugin. The memorial service of arguably the world’s most famous entertainer featured some real tear-jerker moments, but these were continually followed by empty sentiments — though sometimes sincerely felt — in the form of a global chatroom. A few of our favorite status updates taken from the CNN Facebook plugin below:
Auria Abraham is not usually a fan of Al Sharpton, but THAT was Sharp!! Good job Al Sharpton!
Charylane L Chavez-Phillips (Referring to John Mayer): nice!! Love this John guy!
Nikki Cofield: did he kiss that monkey in da mouf???
Ty Burgee: IS THIS DUDE HIGH?
Karen Archey: lawrence weiner meets powerpoint right now
And lastly, various versions of: “RIP MJ” and “OMG Stevie! made me cry at work!”
I know new technology like Twitter supposedly brings nations together in a hug-the-world type fashion, but this sense of global connectedness wipes away humanity's mystique, while highlighting the limits of language. Although we've never been so connected technologically, our codified methods of communication—in this instance, for grieving—elucidate the fact that it takes more than gadgetry to share experiences that effectively reveal our humanity.