Saturday, 20 August 2016

Does Social Media Immortalise Us? [Discussion Guest Post]

Good morning everyone :)

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!


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How Social Networking Sites Are Making Everyone Immortal

Hi, folks! My 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!

Today, I’m going 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 them.

One of the 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.

Some social 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.

This is a 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.

It’s a concept 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.

I guess it’s 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.

Only time will 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 alive.

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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
(literary fiction) 
When Dan Roberts starts his new job at Former.ly, he has no idea what he's getting into. The site deals in death - its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences. 
But something strange is going on, and the site's two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for. 









Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home
(poetry) 
Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. 
“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press 




No Rest for the Wicked
(supernatural thriller)
When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. 





Olivia's Question: Do you think social media immortalises people? How do you feel about that? Do you find it unethical or not?

Olivia-Savannah x

12 comments:

  1. It is for reasons like this that I think that social media is a beautiful beautiful thing, and how lucky am I to have been born in this age of accessible technology? We're the first generation to experience social media in such a widespread, obsessive way - and it really is intriguing to see how this plays out in the future. Look at all the data we are creating every day.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. It's such a new thing that no one really knows how it is going to play out. I'm curious to see it as well. And it really is amazing what we do every day - what we create.

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  2. Such an awesome concept to write about! I never really put that much thought into all this, until my cousins husband recently died and I see everyone posting memorials on his Facebook page.

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    1. I've never seen the memorial in work on Facebook but it was a new concept to me... and it seems so interesting. We've never mourned online before.

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  3. A very interesting way to think about how our posts could be used in the future..Good food for thought.

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    1. I know! I wonder what will happen to this blog long since I am finished with it.

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  4. TBH, sometimes social media scares me. There are some things on the net that I find out of line, but then it just lets the world know that humanity is still not equal after all this time. There is the good, but there's too much bad that smears it. On the other hand, I hope that future generations can look back at the history of this world and learn something. I think I like this concept in a way to record deaths. Just to be able to look up your great great grandmother or other ancestors would be cool. Not like now when there are barely pictures because technology was little to none back then, so we really only get certain handwritten documents. Great post!

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    1. I think social media can be both a blessing and a curse. You can find the good and shelter yourself from the bad if you want -- kind of like with real life. But it sure will play an interesting role in the future and I'm looking forward to seeing that in action.

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  5. You make a very good point. I never thought about it that way. I guess it kinda does in some way.

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    1. This discussion opened me up to a realm of new possibilities.

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  6. Sometimes it feels like adults always feel negatively towards social media usage. This is an interesting concept. I'm thinking about it now and it really would be strange for people to read posts I wrote (or my endless diary entries) after my death.

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    1. It feels like that but actually quite a few adults have positive ideas about it too!

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