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  • What could be more horrific, more life freezing, than Golden Goose Sneakers the violent death of a child? What could possibly alleviate the sense of loss for the surviving family?

    Nothing can alter the fact. There's not much comfort in the best-intentioned sympathy, kind thoughts and deeds. Not immediately. No way of soothing the raw, primal extremity of the moment.

    There are few things in life more intensely internal than grief. For the family concerned - a shattered, bereft little huddle - nothing will ever be quite the same.

    How, you have to wonder, can Facebook help? How can the public exploration of agony be any sort of consolation? What modern tick of the internet light is this, that so many seem convinced that making a public play of loss and inviting the solicitude of strangers might somehow ease the pain?

    And of course it's not just the intimates of the suddenly dead who create the tribute sites and Facebook pages. Outsiders running the gamut from family friends to total strangers do it too. Photos. Tributes. Awkward half rhyming stanzas of sympathy and support.

    How has personal tragedy suddenly become such public property?

    The current sparking point for these thoughts is the hoo-ha surrounding the disturbing and deeply sad death of eight-year-old Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates, a death that prompted a flurry of Facebook activity, some of it grieving, some of it in tribute, some of it online vigilantes gunning in guttural text for the man arrested in the case. Facebook was also front and centre after the stabbing death of schoolboy Elliott Fletcher.

    There are a set of regulatory issues around who can post what, when and why on the internet and how that might be vetted and controlled... we're all well-versed in the issues, and in the wild west nature of life online, where anonymity emboldens the thick, the heartless and the cruel.