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   Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill Bergkamp ENC 1102 21 January 2010 Filling the Emptiness When thinking about the death of a popular person the images that are projected are those of millions of mourners in a line trying to pay tribute to their fallen idol. During the upcoming weeks after the death, all that its heard in the news and radio is facts about the life of that person that died. Steve Irwin's death was a very tragic and unexpected death. In Diana Taylor's essay "False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana", she explains how minorities mourned Princess Diana even though she was nothing to them. In today's society mourning the death of an international figure has turned into an outlet for people to create a false sense of unity that helps them fill the emptiness they feel. The primarily way of mourning an icon is thru the media. A perfect example is the remembrance of the Australian wildlife advocate Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter). The media hyped up his death like it was the death of someone very close to everyone who was watching or listening. His show was aired in a couple of marathons, his wife was asked to go on talk shows to talk about the death of her husband; even though he had dies recently, which is a really insensitive thing to do. Also, an incredible amount of websites allowed fans to express their feelings by leaving comments. The biggest spectacle of all was in the Australia Zoo, were
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