The media has really outdone itself this time. Hey, guys: Nelson Mandela is 94 and he's been in and out of the hospital for a while, just like a lot of 94-year-olds. He doesn't have much time left. Everyone knows that. Whether or not you're there when he goes, it won't be a shocking big story that requires up-to-the-minute coverage.

Seriously, even the NYT is into it: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/wor…

This is honestly strange, and a very bad sign of our times. We are so news-obsessed that a revered leader can't be ill in peace?