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|−|The internet is a place for the creation of identity. When these persons die, the equivalent of a biography or autobiography still exists, or rather a digital footprint. If, after a famous person dies, one's secrets are allowed out though the channel of biography or autobiography, or the release of one's private notes to the public, then are one's E-mails and private data to be treated in the same way? If not, who should be allowed to look at them? |+|
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|−|Who is an expert on the online extensions of presence, post-mortem? Who has known a friend who has died young, that persons social network is a vestige of that person 's ability to interact with other technosicial machine- human presence extensions. |+|
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|−|While in the airport waiting for a flight, my friend Paige looked at a Facebook through an iPhone mobile app. |+|
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|−|"My friend is dead", she suddenly said, and I look over at her phone. |+|
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|−|"And this is his Facebook profile". |+|
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|−|Then, "I suppose it would be politically incorrect to poke him". |+|
|−|Who is an expert on the online extensions of presence, post-mortem? Who has known a friend who has died young, that person’s social network is a vestige of that person's ability to interact with other technosocial machine-human presence extensions. |+|
|−|===Digital Wills=== |+|
|−|Twitter epitaph in hospital. Geolocated. Idea of people testing from operating rooms now. The idea of this a doctors and nurses seeing what people are seeing. Best idea of revenue is opening up a flower shop next to a hospital. |+|
|−|The companies and policies that will fill these spaces will take the forms of digital wills, but there may be other currently unknowable legal ramifications affecting this space. One idea is to entrust next of kin of child to the data, as in a trust or will. But does a daughter want to know that her father had a mistress? Or a wife for that matter? The idea of passing on sensitive information is not new, but some secrets are hidden even in real life. |+|
|−|The idea of data transparency after death is just other one of the questions that we must consider when attempting to construct the future manifestation of the public and private space. The life of the celebrity has been a public one, whereas the life of the Everyman has generally been a more private one. Suddenly, the ability to place any photo or event anywhere represents a slicing up of reality that allows any moment to be colonized and made longer lasting or purposeful. To save moments in this way makes life into something that resembles an actual sport with instant replays , slow motion and consequences for game play. While teams, outcomes and opponents are not always clear - one thing is- on a media centric world -the individual gets the power to play the roles that have been shown to him by television culture. While television culture was one-way in terms of viewing, commercials being one of the only things capable of allowing the viewer to insert the self in place of the advertised, new, personal technologies allow the self to produce their own experience. |+|
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|−|*[[Second Self]] |+|
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A virtual tombstone is a non-physical memorial site or placeholder for the identity or social presence of a loved one who has passed away. Virtual tombstones can take the shape of a memorial website, social network page or other digital entity. The page can include space for comments, condolences, pictures and other memories.
Given that tombstones can be difficult to reach and expensive in real life, a virtual tombstone seems to fill a natural void by allowing friends and family to browse pictures, look at their accomplishments/friends, write a homage to the person, and generally reminisce without leaving their seat. It is becoming increasingly common for people to store their passwords with someone they trust so that they can effectively manage that virtual self in case they pass away.
Those who have passed away may leave profiles on social networks. Those who do not realize the person is no longer alive may leave messages for the deceased person in present tense. Sometimes visitors will write present-tense addresses to the deceased person in this public space, knowing full well that they have passed away and will not be looking at these messages. Even though a virtual memorial site may invite and encourage a great deal of interaction, some forms of interaction are not encouraged. For example, "poking" dead people is considered bad form.
NetCafe Episode 206: Grim Reaper Web Sites. A look at how web sites deal with the subject of death. Sites featured include an information site on cemeteries, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Garcia, a virtual 3D graveyard, the pop culture death pool, and a virtual pet cemetery. Originally broadcast in 1998.
- ↑ Cheng, Jacqui. Death and social media: what happens to your life online? Ars Technica. Published March 2010, Accessed June 2011. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/death-and-social-media-what-happens-to-your-life-online.ars
- ↑ Lee, David. There's life after death if you're online. Social networking sites are having to devise policies to deal with the death of a user - and some are getting it more right than others. The Guardian. Published 7 August 2008, Accessed 30 June 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/07/socialnetworking.myspace
- ↑ http://archive.org/details/GrimReap98