Gawking at public displays of pain

I didn’t understand at first, but Danah Boyd cares enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. (Emphasis added)

Our collective fascination with tragedy means that we encourage media practices that rub salt into people’s wounds, all for the most salacious story. And worse, our social media practices mean that the media creators are tracking the kinds of stories that are forwarded. And my hunch is that people are forwarding precisely those salacious stories, even if to critique the practices (such as the interviews of children).