Book: “Your Digital Afterlife”, by Evan Carroll and John Romano
December 9, 2010 Leave a comment
When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What’s Your Legacy?
Like it or not, sooner or later there will be no one to check our email accounts. Or to post updates on Facebook. (Unless, of course, high speed access will be available in the heavens too!).
Although it may be seen a bit macabre by some, death is also part of the Wheel of Life, and we should face it at least with acceptance if not with wisdom.
Putting our lives in order in this highly technological environment is different than it was for our ancestors. I remember my grand father, a carpenter, when he reached a certain age, he prepared a few planks of fir tree in the stable loft, for his coffin; my grand mother, who lived to 92, had a case with a pile of towels, plates, candles, and such. Well… today things are just slightly more complicated. We have thousands of photos, hours of movies, messages, notes, blog posts, open source projects, you name it. Will our relatives be able to manage them, or everything will be lost?
This book will obviously not help us live forever. But it might help some of the things we leave behind (artistic creations, scientific works, world images, written thoughts, etc) to live a little longer.
[New Riders Press, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0321732286, available on Amazon.com]