Journalists around the world are mourning David Carr, the much revered New York Times media columnist who collapsed at the newspaper's office Thursday. And they are doing it online.
David Carr collapsed in the newsroom he loved, doing what he loved, surrounded by those who loved him. RIP pic.twitter.com/gVby5VYsWy
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 13, 2015
Personal anecdotes about Carr and his columns are flooding Twitter in a public display of mourning that proved Carr, who once called Twitter a "wired collective voice," right yet again.
Here's how he described the service in a 2010 column:
Like many newbies on Twitter, I vastly overestimated the importance of broadcasting on Twitter and after a while, I realized that I was not Moses and neither Twitter nor its users were wondering what I thought. Nearly a year in, I’ve come to understand that the real value of the service is listening to a wired collective voice.
Alone, each message about Carr's passing showed just how much he and his writing meant on a personal level to readers, colleagues, and everyone else who strung characters together to describe the pain of his passing.
But together, the outpouring becomes something more — a chorus that pushed the writer's name to the top Twitter's "trends" box and amplified just how acutely his voice will be missed.
Thursday night, the wired collective voice of Twitter howled "David Carr."
Update: Here are a few more Tweets.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 13, 2015
There are no words for the shock, for how deep this loss cuts. — Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) February 13, 2015
David Carr was the Keith Richards of media reporting - after all he’d been through, it was like he was indestructable. And now he’s gone.
— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) February 13, 2015