[Air-L] live profiles, dead people
marianasantiagodematos at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 05:13:06 PDT 2009
That use of blogs are very interesting! I cannot think of anything similar
happening here in Brazil. We can see tons of messages sent on Orkut and also
some blogs created as a tribute to someone who died (i.e. mothers who lost
their kids who died of cancer or commited suicide). I've never seen
something like you described, but I can look for it to try to see if there's
anything similar. Could you please send me some links for these blogs?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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From: "Carmel L. Vaisman" <carmelv at gmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2009 5:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Air-L] live profiles, dead people
> Hi Mariana.
> A similar phenomenon happened in Israel with blogs of young people who
> died in terror attacks or during army service and some after committing
> suicide. the blogs got a lot of traffic of people writing to the dead but
> it wasn't just family and friends, in fact they were the minority - many
> people who didn't' know them read their former entries and got to know
> them and spoke to them after their death. Another interesting phenomenon
> was that in a few cases of dead teenagers their parents took over the blog
> and shared their memories. The blog became very popular with the parent
> now blogging. I don't' know anyone who documented this in research but I'm
> doing a long ethnography in the Israeli blogosphere so i had the
> opportunity to witness that. I thought it raised an interesting issue of
> privacy of the dead, since parents didn't know their children's passwords
> but got cooperation from the blog host owners to reactivate the blog. Did
> you witness anything similar?
> Carmel Vaisman
> Twitter @carmelvaisman
>> On Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 8:50 PM, Mariana Matos <
>> marianasantiagodematos at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hello there!
>>> I've been on the list for almost 2 months, but, until now, I've just
>>> what people were writing. And I must say there are many interesting
>>> being discussed! However, I'd like to introduce myself and share with
>>> all information about my research subject.
>>> I'm a psychologist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a PhD student at PUC-Rio
>>> (the Catholic University). I'm part of a group of researchers who have
>>> studying the psychological and social impacts of the use of technology
>>> as the Internet, cell phones, games, and some others. The group is
>>> leaded by
>>> Professor Ana Maria Nicolaci-da-Costa, who's been researching on this
>>> subject since the very beggining of the use of Internet in Brazil.
>>> My research in on the habit of writing scraps, on Orkut (the most
>>> social network site in Brazil), to people who died and left their
>>> active. As you should know, if someone dies, the profile may still be
>>> active, what happens if no one deletes it or asks the site to delete it.
>>> I've been observing that a substantial number of dead people's profile
>>> receive a great amount of messages, writen often by close friends and
>>> family. In these messages, they "talk" about their feelings, tell the
>>> about their quotidian (i.e. what they did in the weekend), talk about
>>> memories etc.
>>> I have the impression that this is a brazilian phenomenon, and I'd like
>>> ask you if you see something similar in your countries, even if people
>>> other SNS, like Facebook or any other. Do you know people who died and
>>> their profiles? Do you know if they still receive messages, even if more
>>> than one year have passed since the death?
>>> Best regards,
>>> Mariana Matos-Silva
>>> PhD Student
>>> Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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