Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Gone But Not Gone
Has it occurred to you that the words of many deceased people still inhabit our hallowed cyperspace?
I thought of this when I came across David Thompson here and there this week. This is something entirely new-that your blog, website, facebook page, etc. will continue to be available after you are not. Is this a good thing?
But do you want people reading your words after your death. I am not talking about stories that continue to be available online but your personal thoughts. Your diary in effect.
Should you have something in your will signaling you intention? Do you need a blog caretaker? This sounds like a joke, but it isn't... exactly.
In David's case, he died a natural death. What if the writer is a suicide? Should their last words be taken down or remain? Should people be able to sift through a blog later? I am sure this is being given some thought by legal minds, but what do you want?
Do you want your blog, website or whatever left alone or removed? Do you feel queasy reading the last words of someone now dead? What is the etiquette if the blogger does not state a preference? Some deaths do not allow time for one.