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article imageAlternative media criticizes people for mourning Paul Walker Special

By Alex Allen     Dec 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Following the sudden and tragic death of actor Paul Walker, the alternative media has been ablaze with comments about celebrity obsessed culture and the lack of coverage of other important events in the mainstream news.
Film fanatics and followers of popular culture were shocked yesterday by the sudden, tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Walker, who is most famous for his role in the popular "Fast and Furious" movies, was the passenger in a car yesterday when the driver lost control and the car crashed into a pole and caught on fire. Walker's fans and colleagues immediately took to social media to mourn the loss of the beloved actor, with the usual "RIP" and "You will be missed" comments.
There were several people who weren't so sympathetic, however. Many prominent figures in the alternative media began bashing "celebrity worship" and popular culture, suggesting that people shouldn't be so concerned about one celebrity's death. Last night, popular author and media analyst Mark Dice began tweeting things like "Its sad that zombies care so much about another actor's death but don't think twice about the tragedies in their own communities." and "Did you tweet about that child that was killed in your community? No? I guess that actor speeding in his car was more important." Dice also brought up the point that no one seemed to care about the actor's friend who also died in the car crash.
The Anti-Media is among other alternative media sources making similar comments about the actor's death in social media today. I recently spoke with Nick Bernabe, the founder of the Anti-Media, who had this to say:
Thousands of good people die everyday yet they go unnoticed. A guy that nobody knows or ever talked about dies and everyone loses their minds because he's famous and good looking. What about the children that die everyday in conflicts all over the world? Why doesn't the media talk about them?
Perhaps a few examples of what Nick was talking about can be found buried in other headlines across the internet. For example, the Sacramento Bee reported at least four people dead and 20 wounded in a Syrian regime related conflict yesterday. An even bloodier story was reported yesterday by Antiwar.com. At least 20 people were killed and 28 wounded in various attacks in Iraq. Massive war-related deaths like these take place every day in nations across the world but they obviously don't receive as much attention as some other stories.
Firefighters extinguish the fire in the car where actor Paul Walker was killed along with another un...
Firefighters extinguish the fire in the car where actor Paul Walker was killed along with another unidentified man during a car crash in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Dan Watson
Fans gather and place flowers at the scene of a fiery crash that killed  Fast and Furious  actor Pau...
Fans gather and place flowers at the scene of a fiery crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles December 1, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Phil McCarten
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