Does mourning in the digital age make a loss any less devastating? That's the question, asked by Newsweek's Lisa Miller in the magazine's March 1st issue. While it may seem trite, ridiculous, and frankly even a little insulting to try to express your pain and grief over a loved one's passing in 140 characters or less on Twitter, the rise of social networking has also allowed us to grieve as a global community, not just individuals alone in suffering.
Given the state of Internet trolling, it was probably inevitable, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing: since the news this morning that Joseph Andrew Stack was the pilot of the small plane that crashed into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas, which housed almost 200 IRS employees, a number of Facebook groups have sprouted up in praise of Stack. Among them: "Joseph Andrew Stack, we salute thee," "The Philosophy of Joe Stack," and "The Joe "Take My Pound Of Flesh" Stack Anti-IRS Fan Page."