"I don’t know," Hamm says. "When you try to learn how to act, you approach it with respect. But if you just want to be famous … that’s not that much different than porn. ‘I’m a movie star!’ Well, no, you’re not. You’re a porn star, and that’s completely different. And you know, hey, mazel tov—porn probably built half the houses out here, but you’re selling your dignity in a way that I feel I’m not. And once you sell it, it’s gone. You ain’t getting it back."
It was hard for me to write this post. Was it appropriate? What would he be thinking in his otherworld? No, this is no shameless plug, it’s just something that created a thought process. His death made me stop and think about something that maybe he may have thought of himself at one point or another. Or not. I didn’t know him very well.
What do you do when you find out one of your friends/acquaintances dies through a social media platform?
This wasn’t the first death I had found out about his year via social media. A couple classmates I have found out about through the Facebook news stream. This I had found out via twitter. Through my friend @aakitrave
Like I said, I didn’t know Matt super well, but I worked with him for a bit, and he was a super nice person, young, and just married for over a year. It was someone my own age, and it surely affected me. I had just tweeted him several days prior.
So what do you do, what kind of social media protocol do you follow? Is it tacky to even mention his name on Twitter? Is it worth it to post on his wall? Does his spouse or family have access to his accounts?
It’s also quite surreal because his webpage and online designs still exist in the online world, making it seem as though he has never left. He will live on as his domain name lives on. This may be a comfort to some, yet unsettling to others. It’s certainly unsettling to me.
What are some ideas to truly understand this occurrence in social media? What would you do?