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Are we over emotional ?

(161 Posts)
NanKate Mon 11-Jan-16 15:25:35

I woke up this morning to the sad news of the death of David Bowie.

Every time I have switched on the radio or BBC News24 that is the main topic of conversation The 1.00 o'clock news was predominantly about his life.

Don't get me wrong this news needs to be covered, but I just feel it rather too much. Hope I am not becoming an old cynic.

What do others think ?

Nana3 Tue 02-Feb-16 07:21:04

We can get carried along with the emotion with all the media coverage. But like others I think, that's enough now. I feel sympathy for family and friends but fans have a different sort of sadness.
I never listened to Terry Wogan, I'm not grieving.
I sometimes put radio 2 on in the car but only for the music. I'm usually returning quickly to radio 4 or a CD. Same for Cilla and Bowie, I didn't seek them out. I'm sad for their nearest and dearest but not grieving myself.

SloeGinny Tue 02-Feb-16 15:59:12

I think Imperfect has summed it up......perfectly!

JJ50 Wed 03-Feb-16 11:14:56

I find it very heard to understand how anyone can get emotional about the death of a celeb one has never met. Especially one who made the ghastly Bowie did!

imagran Wed 03-Feb-16 11:23:21

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Ziggy62 Wed 03-Feb-16 18:50:57

Cant believe mature people would make the sort of comments posted on here today. How very rude and ignorant. Sad that grown adults resort to nasty childish insults. We are entitled to an opinion but surely it can be voiced in a more adult fashion

Imperfect27 Wed 03-Feb-16 19:04:03

Ziggy I agree. This type of crass post is a sad embarrassment to GN and just shows up poster.

Imperfect27 Thu 04-Feb-16 07:36:20

I have reflected on my last post overnight. I don't mean to sound high-handed. I simply cannot understand why anyone would post something so heartless and unkind when it is very evident that this is a sensitive topic. Perhaps some posts were simply meant to be frivolous, but if that is the case they were way off the mark.

This is not an isolated occurrence on GN - people are being upset daily. As someone who has only belonged for a month, I have been genuinely surprised and dismayed at the unkindness on several posts and this perception has been endorsed by receiving emails from several people who have been put off posting for good because of what seem to be pointedly negative comments.

Sometimes the problem may be that when a thread becomes very long it is tempting to skip and just add our own view, but I think it is a good idea to at least skim read and take time to consider views that may differ from your own and also to keep in mind that this is indeed a public forum.

Perhaps the litmus tests are
* would you actually say the same to someone's face?
* would you feel embarrassed if others actually knew who you were?

I am going to re-post this as a new thread today as it might get a bit lost here.

Smileless2012 Thu 04-Feb-16 15:27:20

A good post Imperfectflowers. I pm a lady who no longer posts on the open forum for the reasons you have stated. I've been on GN for more than 3 years now, and the thread I regularly use was actually moved from here to 'Relationships' for the very reasons you've stated.

It should be possible to say if you feel a post or poster is 'being unreasonable' without causing offence.

Elegran Thu 04-Feb-16 15:58:36

I hope no-one thinks that Imagran's posts are typical of Gransnet posters - I have seen FIVE deleted comments by this poster today on various threads. I have noticed previous comments by him/her.

Imperfect27 Fri 05-Feb-16 10:22:40

Thanks Smileless2012.

Elegran, that is reassuring to know.