Continue reading the main story In an essay they contributed to the ”Handbook of Death and Dying,” the sociologists William R. Wood and John B. Williamson observe that people in the developed world have managed to banish death from their everyday lives – no small feat.

The near pervasiveness of social technology has delivered death back into our daily interactions.

With the exception of our friends and closest kin, we typically encounter news of deaths through social media.

We have seen how people used social media to ensure that Americans did not ignore the deaths of people like Freddie Gray, Walter Scott and Sandra Bland, amplifying them into a rallying cry for justice.

In the weeks and months after Jean-¬≠Baptiste’s death, family, friends and fans continued to congregate in his comments, establishing an impromptu memorial.

Perhaps the most profound side effect is that death no longer obeys any laws of finality.

When funneled through social media, death lingers longer than a traditional mourning period might call for.