Tribute or Exploitation: The Dilemma Media Faces When Covering Celebrity Music Deaths

Tribute or Exploitation: The Dilemma Media Faces When Covering Celebrity Music Deaths

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Usually it’s only once or twice a year that music media is faced with the dilemma of how to adequately and respectfully cover the passing of a high profile music celebrity. In 2016, it has been more like once or twice a month. In fact the frequency of seismic music deaths has been a story unto itself. And with each tragedy, where the line is between honoring a music legend and delivering important information to the public, and exploiting the situation for web traffic continues to become harder to define.

As soon as a major music celebrity passes away, there are certain media formulas that are immediately implemented by major news and entertainment outlets. First come the…



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