Perfumed Hanky for Mr. Reuters

February 9th, 2007  |  Published in etc

Reuters: Web reaction swift and brutal to Anna Nicole death

The occasion gave free rein to the pseudonymous savagery which passes for informed commentary on the Web.

Such cruelty contrasted with the tone of respectful shock used in blanket coverage of her death on cable television.

Read the whole story to get the big picture on the tension between those two sentences. The bloggers are “pseudonymous savages,” the cable news networks are “respectful” and “shocked.” And there’s no comment on these lines at all:, a celebrity site that shot to fame with revelations about actor Mel Gibson, bemoaned how Smith’s last movie, “Illegal Aliens,” set to be released in April, may now be in doubt.

AOL, the parent company of the celebrity dirt-digging site, was quick to provide a trailer of the film.

So, to wrap up:

  1. “Cruelty” about a dead person by savage bloggers and mean people on fark: cold and bad.

  2. Pulling a long face about a dead celebrity whose celebrity was wrapped up in the fact that she was a celebrity: good.

  3. Corporate whores pulling a long face because her movie might not get released, but then having a canny marketing person getting a trailer out real quick so they can pore over a few metrics and divine how much interest they might squeeze from the dead celebrity: Eh, we all gotta make a buck.

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