Sunday, September 02, 2007

Diana, Princess of Tales

Media's fascination with Princess Diana continues, even after her death 10 years ago.

"One has to wonder—at what point does all this coverage stop being a tribute and start being an insult?" Columbia Journalism Review asks in a recent piece.

Diana, Princess of Tales
Ten years after her death, the media fascination with Diana lives on
By Megan Garber
Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Ten years ago today, the world awoke to the news that the car carrying Diana, Princess of Wales had crashed in a Paris tunnel, ending her life and, with it, her tragically modern fairy tale.

What the crash didn’t end, of course, was the media obsession with Diana; in fact, the tragedy extended it, heightened it, even justified it, moving the fascination—and the woman who inspired it—into the mythical realm of perpetual youth. The public fixation that had haunted Diana in life magnified her image in death.

There’s no better evidence of this than the resurgence the media have afforded Diana in commemoration of today’s grim anniversary.

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