The Internet and Collective Grief
Like everyone else, I’ve been following the tragic and gruesome news coming out of Viginia. If there’s any silver living in these kinds of moments, it is that they tend to bring out the best in people: empathy, community and solidarity. Given that what took place happened on a college campus, it’s not surprising, then, that members of the VaTech community have taken to the internet to post photos and eye-witness accounts, to mourn the dead and to share their grief.
I’m not an internet triumphalist; it’s a tool like many others. But at times of crisis, there are few things more important than community and human connection and it’s inspiring to see all these different kinds of social software used to that end.