Slightly Morbid

I came across this article which I found morbidly fascinating and extremely relevant. Somewhat similar to spectral networks discussed by Lisa Lane in CCK08, the article deals with an online presence left orphaned when the real life “basis” ends. One obvious aspect, made more complex by social networking, is that your user names and passwords are now important assets, perhaps even as important in some cases as bank account or social security information (maybe we shall see these merge as time goes by). Perhaps at some time, there may be a trade built in, passing from generation to generation through inheritance or from company to company through direct sales. The other obvious aspect is the amount of information that will be left orphaned in the public domain, perhaps never to be archived or perhaps to simply be deleted past some period of inactivity.

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