Few people “plan how their death will affect social media,” Katie Gach said. Digital Ethnography Scholar At the University of Colorado Boulder, he studied how people manage and not manage post-mortem social media data. For some of her themes, “legacy” is reserved for celebrities, so “frequent visitors” like them don’t need to consider the parting paper. She said that if people do consider their social media legacy, “they only know who should make these decisions after they die,” such as telling their spouse their Facebook password to delete their account. In addition, most people think that social media is the wrong medium of information dissemination, “as a tool for current communication, not a meaningful record.”
In addition, in the decades when the Internet has become a part of our daily lives, most of us either did not know how to go online or were too uncomfortable to be sad online.in a 2017 learning, Gach, and other digital death researchers Casey Fiesler and Jed Brubaker found that “grief policing” is very common online, and users import grief social norms into social media. This leads to fierce disagreements on what is appropriate, and often humiliates individuals for not expressing enough grief, seeking attention through public grief, or using death for personal gain.
For all these reasons — plus the old-fashioned fear of death that prevents us from making any plans for our purposes — the vast majority of online death announcements today either feel like literal copy-and-paste versions of local newspaper obituaries. Because this formula—date of death, age, survivors of the deceased, where to send money instead of flowers—is all data, there is no life, and this information is often lost in our endless news sources. A changed jobs, B got divorced, C passed away, Pete Davidson tattooed Salt Bae on his thigh.
Why should we care about our death on Twitter after death? Although Mark Zuckerberg’s meta-universe announcement earlier this fall was met with most ridicule, glaring and fear, it should remind us that society and digital space are part of our tangible (rather than just experiencing) the world. How close it is, where institutions have the same gravity as birth, love and death in the material world.Prepare for this Ready, player one Existence, we should now start to think about how to use tools to manage the world in a meaningful way.
Fortunately, there are already some communities that are helping to create art and ethics that gracefully die in cyberspace.Psychotherapist Megan Devine (Megan Devine) created Take refuge in sorrow, An online community that focuses on redefining grief as a disease or problem that needs to be resolved in order to build on compassion and understanding. Another community, Good death order, And even use the slogan “Welcome to the future of death” as a gateway to key issues about death, such as how to make it more environmentally friendly and fair. this”Death positive“The movement aimed at eliminating the taboo of publicly talking about our own death also has room to flourish online, where invisible forums make it easier for people to transcend taboos. Even the social media platforms themselves are beginning to awaken. After years of complaints, Facebook , Of which there are many control Regarding how grief unfolds, it will be allowed in 2019 Legacy contacts In order to better control the activities of the deceased.