Does Social Media Immortalise Us? [Discussion Guest Post]
Hope you’re all having a good weekend! Today I’m featuring an author on my blog, called Dane Cobain. His post is going to be about social media, and how it relates to his novel. I think the topic sounds so cool, especially as us bloggers are always using social media to get more out there. Without further ado, here’s his post!
Making Everyone Immortal
name’s Dane Cobain, and I’m a British author and poet. Olivia was kind enough
to invite me to write a guest post, and so here I am!
to talk about social networking sites, and how they’re making all of us
immortal without us without us even noticing. I work in social media marketing
during the day, and so I make it my business to learn as much as I can about
interesting things about the way that we use social networking sites is how we
react when someone passes away. From celebrity deaths – which there have been
far too many of this year – to the deaths of family and friends.
networking sites – such as Facebook – allow a profile to be memorialised. That
locks the profile, so it can no longer post future updates, whilst still
allowing people to post messages on the wall. But either way, I believe that
social networking sites are opening immortality up to the masses by ensuring
that all of the updates that we post when we’re alive are still online and
searchable after our deaths.
relatively new phenomenon, and so we’re yet to see how it plays out. But I find
it fascinating to think that in the future, people who are looking into their
family history will be able to find out all sorts of information. Instead of
just being able to find out who their great-great-great grandfather was,
they’ll be able to find out what he used to post on Instagram, and the kinds of
pages that he liked.
that I explore, to some extent, in my most recent novel – a literary fiction
novel called Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network. It follows the
story of what happens behind the scenes at a social networking company, but
Forner.ly is a site with a difference. When people use Former.ly, they post
updates that are only visible to themselves, but there’s a catch; when they
die, their updates go live to the public.
pretty easy to see where I got the concept from. I find it fascinating to see
how social networking sites change the way that we communicate with people, and
this particular aspect of social networking is a game-changer – it makes us all
immortal, whether we want to be or not.
tell how that works for us a society, and we’re the first generation in history
to have access to this sort of technology. Not all of us will live long enough
to see the effects first hand, but it’s exciting to be a part of something
that’s going to change the way that we develop as a species. What a time to be
Isn’t that such a funny thing to think about? I don’t mind discussing and thinking about death, but it would be strange to picture my descendants reading my fangirling thoughts on this blog, seeing my life updates and so on. And it’s true! You should definitely check out Dane’s novel and links… I’ve left all the information below.
Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network