RIP is becoming #RIP.
As technology enables us to remember a loved one’s life as captured in image and sound, or share mourning across a global network, it also raises some new questions.
As more and more of our memories find their way online — think Facebook’s timeline — at what point does our digital footprint define us at death? What are Facebook ghosts?
Is it poor taste to tweet at a funeral or take a selfie at an open-casket visitation? Is watching a funeral service online a weak substitute for being there in person? In a social media world where it’s always the present tense, how do we talk about death?