By jdonzelli

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Guest Editorial / Op-Ed

douglas_flemonsCelebrity suicides take our breath away, in part because we conflate recognition and happiness. We mistakenly think that being widely known and highly regarded by strangers is deeply satisfying and existentially reassuring, a sure-fire way to resolve existential questions and crises. And so we struggle to reconcile how someone so obviously successful and popular as Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade could make such a desperate choice. The shock is visceral.

Such deaths also hit hard because of the odd way celebrity culture works. We feel a quasi-personal connection to celebrities through the expansive virtual-reality qualities of television coverage, magazines and social media. They take on an outsized presence and importance, not only drawing our attention, but also influencing our sense of self. We model ourselves after them, paying homage through how we dress and accessorize, how we vote, what we buy, what we desire, what we deem acceptable. We make choices that match, or at least resonate, with theirs.

And this is where things get concerning. When someone famous takes his or her life, the death, of course, is newsworthy. Audiences are transfixed. We want details, more and more details. And as we take in …read more

Source:: NSU News