Posted by Erika Owen
The private sector of life has progressively become more and more public as technology has advanced. Sharing news is no longer an evening event where the family crowds around the television. Log on to Twitter or Facebook to catch up on the latest news in Libya or to find out where and when your grandmother cut her hair. Are some events too private to be publicized?
There are some things that are considered private for a reason. The death of a friend or family member provokes emotions that we don’t usually reveal in public. On the other hand, we all love a good wedding, but that’s because we don’t attend them all of the time, and being invited is something very exciting and put aside for special friends and family members. Making these public events could very well take away the personal emotions we feel toward the people involved.
Joyous events, such as weddings, are making their appearance on the Internet—and not as photo albums or videos posted weeks after the event. With the Royal Wedding coming up, people are making all possible
schedule adjustments to view the historical event as it’s happening. Various news sites will be live streaming this event, such as E!. Is inviting the entire world to your wedding a good thing? There are guest lists for a reason, and to me, it seems that a wedding that large can only bring criticism that could possibly dampen the monumental event in the couple’s life together. Could the Internet be breaking down the personal aspect of our most important relationships?
Funerals have been a family affair in all senses. Not only are they a time for grieving, but they also stand for closure. Can a family member find closure while watching a burial on a computer screen? Companies such as Online-Funeral are making funerals available to view post-event online. Distance is no longer an issue—hop onto the funeral home’s website, and you can view the burial online. Is this crossing a very thin line between morbid and convenient?
Is the Internet taking it too far this time? Whether you’re viewing a celebrity’s personal life with just the click of a button, or saying goodbye to a loved one from behind a computer screen, it seems like this technology is taking the meaning and emotion out of two of life’s most important events.