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Comedian Laurie Kilmartin is live-tweeting her father's death

Posted by Doug Saffir  February 27, 2014 10:30 AM

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It goes without saying that most people today are fully engrossed in the social media age. Everything is on Facebook or Twitter and if you're not paying attention, you'll miss out on the latest thing.

The truth is, though, that most of that stuff is trivial. Rare is the social media phenomenon that has meaning or value beyond that day (or even hour). This is that rare exception.

Comedian Laurie Kilmartin has taken to Twitter to share her experiences and emotions as she spends time with her dying father in hospice care. Of course, it should come as no surprise that a comedian is using comedy to cope with a personal tragedy, so there's a good number of jokes mixed in as well.

But just because Kilmartin is finding humor in the situation doesn't make light of a serious matter. Some of her tweets have been downright touching and that's what makes this particular instance so special.

She's doesn't seem to be putting on a "social media performance" the way a lot of people do. It truly feels like she's letting her 20,000 followers (and anyone else who heads to her page) in on a serious part of her life and being open about how she's handling it. It's an honesty you won't find on Twitter very often, and it shows that, even in a world of superficial social media, real connections can be made.

(H/T The Daily Dot)

Reach me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me @dougsaffir

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