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Do Celebrity Deaths Matter More?

December 06, 2013 1 min read

With the recent death of Paul Walker in a tragic car accident, something occurred to me... no one was mentioning the driver of the vehicle who also perished! Well, not at first anyway. It took a day before Roger Rodas' name was also appearing in our Facebook feeds, but even then it wasn't nearly as often as Walker's name. Rodas was often simply referred to as "the driver." Even in a memorial page set up for both men, Rodas was referred to as the driver. There was even this meme commenting on how Walker's death was being lamented, but no one was mentioning Rodas. 1471235_550291565047901_1993145942_n[1]   And on another page someone mentioned how the death of a service member never goes viral like Walker's death. So, what is it that makes virtually everyone post about how upset they are that a celebrity died? Is it because we've seen them in movies or on TV and so we feel like they are a part of our life? Do celebrity deaths matter more somehow... do they affect our psyche more? Why don't the tragic deaths of other individuals also go viral? Does the extent of one's fame predict the extent that their death will go viral?

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