On Thursday, April 4, acclaimed movie critic Roger Ebert passed away from his long battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. Not only was he widely praised in the media world, but as Gen Y proved, also in the social media world. Multiple social media platforms were blown up with condolences, RIPs, and respectful memories of what many would call the most influential movie critic to have ever lived.
Additionally, a Storify member created a story specifically for this phenomenon, Roger Ebert’s Death Inspires Internet Mourning, which includes pages of Tweets by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Magnolia Pictures sharing their respects and memories of the much remembered critic.
University of Portland students were also affected by Ebert’s much buzzed about death, and took to Twitter and Facebook to share their sympathies. Though many failed to agree with Ebert’s often controversial and critical reviews, many also appreciated his uncanny talent and skill. Senior Andy Carroll stated on Facebook, “RIP Roger Ebert. I didn’t always agree with his opinions, but I can’t think of anyone who has done more to bring criticism to the masses. Until the next life, the balcony is closed.”