This past summer, I remember checking Twitter and seeing posts that X-Factor contestant, Christina Grimmie had been shot at a show in Florida. Throughout the evening, users were posting updates on her condition, potential suspects and other details of the tragedy. Because of networks like Twitter, people instantly had details and were aware of the situation.
It wasn’t always this easy to find out what’s up.
April of 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead in the basement of his home in Seattle. An electrician had gone to Cobain’s where he found his body. After the scene had been investigated, it was revealed that he had died three days prior to being discovered. By the time he was found, he had been considered missing for nearly a week.
Social media plays a huge role in the life of a celebrity. Nearly every famous person is active online now. Lots of news in the celebrity world today is structured around what they did on their social media, whether that be a photo of their newborn baby or a posting a shady tweet. Fans use it to keep updated on their favourite icons. Had Cobain’s scenario been in this decade, fans would’ve grown suspicious of why he hadn’t been posting anything online for days. It wouldn’t have been days before fans had any clue on his whereabouts.
Comparing the two situations, social media made the biggest difference in how fans got their news. As the situation with Grimmie occurred, Twitter was blowing up with details. But for Cobain, details didn’t surface nearly has fast.
Social media has made a big difference in how quickly we find out news. We don’t have to wait for a televised or radio announcement, or for the newspaper to be on our doorsteps. We can find out details on what is happening, while its happening everywhere online.