Parting Is Such Tweet Sorrow (Newsweek, Jan. 15, 2014)

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For years, Lisa Bonchek Adams has been documenting her experience living with incurable, stage 4 breast cancer. She shared very publicly, first on Facebook, then on her personal blog, and ultimately, on Twitter, always receiving wholehearted support, until recently, when editorials appeared in both The Guardian and The New York Times criticizing Adams for her use of social media as a “kind of self-medication.” What followed was a full-throttled media frenzy, with every publication rushing to take sides.

The hysteria is indicative of how social media has begun to make visible many of those troubling things long kept hidden: Cancer, terminal illness and death itself are being reframed by the new modes of communication.

Read the rest at Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/dont-be-so-quick-bury-those-who-mourn-online-226236

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