Wow, is what I thought when I read the headline 'Amy Winehouse Found Dead'. I'm not sure why since I think most of us saw it coming. Maybe I was surprised because I had become used to Amy being the butt of jokes in the media. And when someone is considered a joke they are dehumanized. So despite the fact that the writing was on the wall with regard to Amy's untimely death most people, myself included, didn't really process how serious her drug problems were. That even after seeing the evidence of her problem as recently as a few weeks ago when video of Amy performing under the influence showed up in the media. Again, there wasn't much sympathy just more jokes.
So if there is a lesson in this I think it might be that we should not allow the media to dehumanize us simply for a jokes sake. Amy was a deeply troubled person. That's how she should have been viewed. Not as a joke. Had she been then maybe the outside pressure would have helped her to get the help she needed.
In the end she may have begun to see herself through the lens of her celebrity. If so imagine how sad it must have been for her to feel like a joke. And if that was the case then this is a tragedy that we all may have had a small part in by consuming but not pushing back against that kind of media.