Emptied of expectation. Relax. (tinyjo) wrote,
Emptied of expectation. Relax.
tinyjo

When famous people die, particularly, it seems, members of the royal family, there is a great deal made of it in the media. All too often we are told that the whole nation is mourning. I remember it in the case of the Queen Mother, Jill Dando and Diana in particular. It's actually something I find deeply alienating. I was pretty much untouched by all three of those deaths. I didn't know them and wasn't interested in them. That feels to me like a perfectly normal reaction, but there's a constant barrage of coverage surrounding these events telling me that it ought to mean something - that there is some kind of national coming together over these deaths that everyone else is a part of. It's even more pervasive than sports - I have similar but less strong feelings about things like the world cup and the Olympics. I think the reason that they're less strong there though is that I'm aware of being part of a larger group of people who's just not interested whereas I'm not concious of a vocal community of disinterest in these cases. So, is that community there but silent? The only way to find out is a poll :)

Poll #1048051 10 years on...

At the time of Diana's death

I was deeply upset or saddened
2(3.2%)
I was somewhat upset or saddened
2(3.2%)
I was a little upset or saddened
15(24.2%)
I was indifferent
14(22.6%)
I was actively annoyed by the constant coverage
29(46.8%)

Looking back on her death now

I am deeply upset or saddened
0(0.0%)
I am somewhat upset or saddened
3(4.9%)
I am a little upset or saddened
8(13.1%)
I am indifferent
21(34.4%)
I am actively annoyed by the constant coverage
29(47.5%)


TBH, if I could figure it out clearly enough, I could write a very long rambling post about my lack of sense of any national belonging of any kind (and my inability to comprend it in others) but it's still to up in the air in my mind, so you're spared :)
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