This story was originally written by Jessica Golich and published on the former sister site AKRENIM. Follow her at @jessicaxgolich.
Why is it that death constantly persuades attention in mainstream media? Why is it that death and the misery that one encounters leading to their physical passing leads the mainstream press/media to an explosion of insecure condolences that don’t merely exhibit the sincerity that the artist and human being deserved in the midst of their life.
For instance, we are saddened of the passing Nature Ganganbaigal. He was always so candid in his mental health struggles and how his journey took a toll on him. Going back and forth to his love for Tengger Cavalry was a candid experience that we all witnessed. Did the Mongolian Folk artist get the credit that he deserved while he was alive? No, he didn’t. Did the press/media bring attention to his attempt to jump off of a building months back with the police coming to save him on sight and aid in him rebuilding his passion for life? No.
I commonly choose to not speak of death due to the lack of personal lineage and out of respect to the family, yet mainstream media sows the seed of the portrayal of death that our modern-day youth does not need to view and read.