Last week Billy Corgan posted a tweet that's remained stuck in my head:
Billy ▶ Has anyone else noticed this year has given rise to a new form of entertainment; death TV. All death, all the time.
I'm not sure what his specific intent was in writing that, but if you scan the news, be it on TV or online, it's not just that there's been a lot of famous people passing away; death seems to be one of the predominant thing being covered. Some people are sick of hearing about Michael's death, but apparently a lot of others keep coming back to CNN.com to read about it - he's still one of the top headlines. And if it's not gossip about the King of Pop being wondered about, then it's some other star-studded corpse. I think that Corgan has something there when he says, "a new form of entertainment."
Why do you think we're so into reading about other's passing?