Saturday, 19 October 2013


Individuals and institutions
We are all going to die 
So what about our online remains?

With the gnomes

On the way home from Germany yesterday I had to change planes at Zurich Airport. What an colossal temple to commerce and Mammon. I did, however, spot something offered free as I scuttled between my flights, a British newspaper, not one that I usually read – no surprise, The Financial Times.

I am glad that I snatched up a copy as I rushed past, otherwise I should not have seen the following article introducing me to the not altogether unsurprising notion of the 'digital afterlife':

Something else to think about

I do not wish to be morbid but I suspect that this topic will now be something that niggles me until I do something about it. I am pleased to pass the notion on to others who also do not wish to be morbid – just sensible.

I see that there is already more than enough to read on this topic. Some examples:

The list goes on an on. As now apparently you do. It's an industry already, its concerns commodified, its products marketed, as my brief skip through Zurich could have forewarned. I shall have to give it some thought... Not this morning though.

Life goes on

Can one really get jet-lag and disturbed sleep patterns from just flying back from Europe to England? Or am I falling straight back into the old dysfunctional routine. Must get on...

And I have not forgotten that I shall have to write some snippets on that Congress.


Jacobs, E. (2013) Dealing with the digital afterlife, Financial Times, 18 October

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Blogger Ekiwah said...

It boils down to the question of where to draw the line between the public and the private world. Every time I read one of my poems I struggle with that question myself. And the trouble is that boundaries are highly different for everyone. In Mexico for instance its pretty common to great near strangers with a hug. Do that in the U.S. and it could easily constitute sexual harassment. Speaking of lines and boundaries have you noticed someone with a physical disability develops very different boundaries? I mean when have you asked one of your friends to unzip a coat or take you to a bathroom? See what I'm getting at? :) - EKIWAH ADLER BELENDEZ

Saturday, 19 October 2013 at 16:35:00 BST  
Blogger NormanP said...

Andrew, have you considered what will happen to your blog and all your blog posts, as a specific case of your online life? I recently considered this and decided to get mine printed. Today, I took delivery of a rather nice large format book covering all blog posts from the first to the end of December 2010. A bit pricey, admittedly,but I shall repeat the exercise come the new year with a second volume up to December 2013. Worth thinking of.

Monday, 21 October 2013 at 22:31:00 BST  
Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

Archiving, preserving, a big question.

I have thought about (no more) digitalising some other things, and I have put some of my Internet stuff (Conductive World) in the National Archive:

To what end I do not know. I do have some sympathy with the alleged quotation from AP that coincidentally serves as epigraph to my most recent posting on Conductive World:

I like your notion of a bound copy or two – heirs and descendants or the local library?

I guess that you know that Gill and I, on behalf of Conduction, are collecting individual archives from elsewhere. They currently grace the loft in her garage... Conduction needs money to take this further, but who would give to such a cause...?


Monday, 21 October 2013 at 23:16:00 BST  
Blogger NormanP said...

Who would give to such a cause? Good question. Approached by a suitable intermediary organisation - a registered conductive education charity, for instance - the Heritage Lottery might.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 00:17:00 BST  

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