Warum immer mehr Prominente sterben

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Nach Bowie, Eco, Westerwelle, Genscher, Lustig, Minsky, Lemmy, Rickman und nun Prince stellt sich fast schon automatisch die Frage: Warum ist 2016 so ein Arschloch? Warum sterben die Promis wie die Fliegen und ist das nur ein subjektiver Eindruck? Oder ist es wirklich so, dass immer mehr Prominente sterben? Kurze Antwort: Ja, es ist so. Und es gibt dafür ein paar einfache, einleuchtende Erklärungen, die leider auch darauf hindeuten, dass das alles nur noch schlimmer wird.

death"People who started becoming famous in the 1960s are now entering their 70s and are starting to die," [BBC's obituary editor Nick Serpell] says. "There are also more famous people than there used to be," he says. "In my father or grandfather's generation, the only famous people really were from cinema - there was no television. "Then, if anybody wasn't on TV, they weren't famous."

Many of those now dying belonged to the so-called baby-boom generation, born between 1946 and 1964, that saw a huge growth in population. […] With more babies born into the baby-boom generation, it meant more went on to eventually become famous. Now, those famous former babies, aged between 70 and 52, are dying. […]

Another factor that may play into the impression that more celebrities are dying is that we have heard of more celebrities than before. "Over the past 10 years, social media has played a big part," Nick Serpell says. […] These days, it is far easier to hear news of whether anyone has died than at any time in the past.

Wenn man das ein paar Jahre in die Zukunft projiziert und SocialMedia/MicroPromis mit reinrechnet – nicht vergessen, die bekannten „Six degrees of Separation“ werden jetzt schon durch Social Media auf 3,57 verkürzt –, hat dieses Blog wahrscheinlich schon bald eine eigene Nachruf-Spalte, die täglich gefüllt wird. Sad but true. Welcome to Life and Death in the 21st Century. 💀