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6 mins | May 13, 2020

How social media is helping us pay tribute to ‘ordinary’ lives

Many people leave us without a trace but this has changed during the pandemic. "That's where social media comes in. Faces of dead fathers and aunts are now lighting up timelines. Imagine if each victim of the London Blitz or China's Great Leap Forward had lived for ever on a memorial page on Facebook. Death still isn't the great leveller, but at least people are getting a tribute." Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper, analyses the role of social media in honouring those who have died during the coronavirus outbreak.

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