Friday 21 September 2018

Diana's death brought us the age of chronic oversharing

'Our JFK moment': Mourners weep during the funeral of Princess Dian
'Our JFK moment': Mourners weep during the funeral of Princess Dian
Princess Diana
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Unless you've been living with your head in a bucket, in a cave, on Mars, you will know that we're rapidly approaching the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely death.

We know this because her sons have been on what, for all the world, looks like a publicity tour, engaging with documentaries like this week's Diana, Our Mother, while papers and TV stations from the UK to the US and all points in between - which is us, basically - have been busy disinterring the bones of a two-decades-old story.

One of the more interesting quotes from the documentary came from a contributor who stated simply that "everyone loved her", proving that one of the first true masters of modern media manipulation still holds a remarkable sway over people - not only people who knew her and have at least earned the right to make such grandiose statements, but also people who never met her yet adored her with a weird, almost religious sense of devotion.

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