Death in the age of social media is instant and pervasive. I remember the days when it might be weeks, months, and sometimes years before news of a death reaches you. No more. Now when someone of significance dies, their death creates a ripple of emotion that envelops all who would be exposed to it.
Certainly this is true when it comes to the death of Aaron Swartz. His suicide has sent a shock wave through the North American technology sector, and from there the world.
As the grief turns into anger, many, including Aaron's family, are pointing their fingers at the US Government, and their aggressive prosecution of his protest against restrictive copyright practices and policies.
Aaron was a dedicated activist, and it is appropriate that others take up his causes and advocacy to celebrate his life and mourn his death.
However I think we are missing a huge warning, and symptom of what was wrong with Aaron, and the technology sector in general.