The dead shall walk among us

Cyberspace when you’re dead (via me-fi). From the article: ‘One estimate pegs the number of U.S. Facebook users who die annually at something like 375,000.’ And from death and digital legacy, ‘Facebook says 200,000 of its members die every year.’ Gizmodo has a post on What happens online when we die, revealing Facebook’s ‘healthy help section for the bereaved, which lays out what how one can deal with a dead profile…. Accounts can be turned into digital insta-memorials. This is a service Facebook actually offers: “Please report this information… so that we can memorialize this person’s account. Memorializing the account removes certain more sensitive information like status updates and restricts profile access to confirmed friends only.”

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The idea that we share physical space with the memories of the 100 billion or so people that have lived before us doesn’t really impinge very much on daily life; those lost souls don’t exactly crowd you (How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?). But at some point in the (probably very distant) future, the number of dead people online will suddenly outnumber the living ones. Virtual corpses will start to become a real problem, just as physical corpses fill up real-world graveyards and have to be carted off and stacked up somewhere else. Imagine the internet as a virtual version of the Catacombs of Paris or the Sedlec Ossuary, a digital museum whose aura of human involvement is concealed behind a brittle carapace of hyperlinks, tweets and forgotten comments.

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Kopierer, a tumblr / Born to be Nervous, a weblog / Andy Hart, a weblog / it’s a vision, complete illusion, a weblog that creates a lifestyle/design-y vibe out of collections of images taken from other lifestyle/design-y websites / profoundly annoying: a soundtrack for the speed limit. Perhaps there’s a market for hyper-accelerated neo-jungle something or other that’s designed specifically to be listened at around 9mph above the posted speed limit?

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Via haddock, The Broad Street & old Liverpool Street station, London Pool. Useful to revisit the area comprehensively redeveloped by the original Broadgate, a chunk of which is slated to be replaced by Make’s ‘engine of finance‘ / related, High on London, a tilt shift film (via digital urban) / the city as arcade: Pac Map. Download.

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From the personal webnode of Haiko Hebig, ”Urban Exploration’ now really officially uncool, has big NYT story‘ / related, ruins at Shaun O’Boyle / yet more ruins at friched.net / a collection a day has run its course, 365 collections presented last year / Swimscape, BLDG BLOG on ifonlyhecouldswim, a forthcoming publication about ‘swim culture’. See also Thomas A. P. van Leeuwen’s The Springboard in the Pond.

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