Miep Gies dead vs Lady Gaga ill

15 January 2010 0

In a BBC news report on the death of Miep Gies last week, the reporter decided to cite the fact that Gies’s name was among the days “trending topics” on Twitter as evidence of how she helped keep the story of the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis alive.

I’m not railing against this, but I am slightly uneasy with the idea that just because a serious story about something important made it into the top ten most drivelled about things for a few hours, means that we really “care”.
Currently trending are #waystoannoypeople, #getwellgaga and #omgfacts. In other news, 300,000 people were made homeless in Haiti the other day. Apparently there was some sort of earthquake or something.

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