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Monday, 21 April 2014

#socialmedia & #death - 10 things you may not have thought about #DORS (ht @drbexl )

a summary of some thoughts from #DORS - a Death Online Research Symposium by Durham University held on 9-10 April 2014.  (and ht to @drbexl and her post at digitalfingerprint for the source info from which I made this summary)

In pre-industrial society, the most common death would be a child, mourned by their household and a community that knew them. Walter
In the 20th century, this changes: typical death is an old person, whose family have moved away & neighbours didn't know them. Walter
Tony Walter's keynote at - mourning on Facebook is similar to mourning in pre-industrial age: mourning in and with your networks
"There's a lot to be said for private grief" - online, public mourning can lead to abuse, conflict and trolling. Walter at
@DamienMcC_dli at : "Facebook user profiles after death: digital inheritance or property of the network?"

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5) Visibility of a deceased person’s content remains as it was set by the account holder while alive

: links supporting my presentation: paper >  blog on recent changes > 
At a young man's funeral, no friends attended - because the family didn't have his passwords and couldn't contact anyone. Simon Allen
- Facebook provides memorial pages  .. Some feel is another reminder that actually dead & page not 'lifelike'

8) How will others receive your digital estate inheritance? 

RT @drbexl: up til 5-10 years ago memories were physical and easy to access ... Now many memories hidden behind passwords..

physical stuff can only get inherited by one person, but much digital = endlessly replicable... [no legal restraints?]
Game for teens to explore the metaphysics of death 

11:54 AM - 10 Apr 2014

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