April 27, 2006

"I know that you will be able to read this from Heaven."

What will happen to your web space after you die? Will the commenters swoop in and talk about you, talk to you? Will new readers flow in, tipped off by MyDeathSpace, to soak up the after-death atmosphere and contribute the perspective of the -- what should we call them? -- death spectators?

25 comments:

Mark the Pundit said...

My guess is my site will be swarmed with comment spam from adult sites and online pharmaceutical companies.

SippicanCottage said...
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David said...

After a blogger dies he/she has immediate membership in the "GODBLOG". It has much wider coverage, no spam, and no word verification (They know who we are!)

bearbee said...

I assume no need for 'Godspell'

Ehud Blade said...

I think the questions at the "Althouse" header spun me. I wondered for a moment whether that website was a gag.

I read. And grew sad. Some beautiful lives there.

The question -- "Will the commenters swoop in and talk about you, talk to you?" – made me wonder whether cyberspace fast-food like conveniences mean that more people will visit sites like "MyDeathSpace" than visit cemeteries and read epithets blogged tombstones?

There's a real life taste and sense of death in a real life cemetery (oxymoron intended).

If betting futures on cyberspace cemeteries is your gamble (post and be remembered), then "The Matrix" already has us – the byline being, "they liquify the dead to feed the living." Twist is, we the living, are the dead: in that universe. Batteries feeding our energies into ISP fees, thinking cyber-identity is a life.

Palladian said...

Geez, good morning to you too Professor Althouse! It was a cheerful spring day.

To paraphrase a myspace user:

:'(

Troy said...

Perhaps the increase in blog traffic would boost your ad revenue and donations over the IRS death tax limit? The family of some poor dead blogger would get hosed by Uncle Sam even as their dear departed is being lionized on his /her blog.

Could you leave the blog as an asset?

Al Maviva said...

I presume my friends will stop by my blog to remind everybody of what a d1ck I was in real life, but how everybody kept their mouth shut because I'm generous with good booze and can tell a good story. My enemies would stop by to find they actually have a lot in common with my friends. My resident troll would post a long news story about Ken Starr's generally bad character, and then post something from Truthout when asked what the news story had to do with my demise. Insty would say, "Heh. Indeed." The Daoue report would like to my last blog entry so Salon readers could stop in and wish me eternal torment in a hell that they don't believe in, much like they did duriing my life. And a representative sample of the Leftosphere would drop in leave profanity-laced comments accusing me of dying on KKKarl Rove's orders in order to gin up sympathy for Bush's nazification of the U.S.

Finally, after all the furor died down, the last 50 commments would be blogspam enticing me to contact a certain website so that I could increase my p3nis size. And a rebuttal from the resident troll.

Ann Althouse said...

I've got to take good care of myself today, because it would be too freaky for this to be the last post!

God willing, I'll make it to Cambridge to blab about blogging.

Carry on!

SippicanCottage said...
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Palladian said...

Sippican said: "...nothing bad happens in Massachusetts unless I cause it."

Where were you on the night of July 18, 1969?

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Maxine Weiss said...

Well, I'm coming back so.....sooner rather than later.

---No need to donate anything.

----Which is why I'm against organ donation. Where I'm going, I'll need all my organs!

Not to mention, upon making my triumphant return....

Peace, Maxine

chuck b. said...

Do you have testamentary control over your blog? Maybe you can will it to someone.

So maybe you could put it in your trust, or add it to your pour-over will by codicil.

"Title to blog is held by the Althouse Family Trust..."

me said...

One of my best friends (who of course died at 32 in 1995) came up with the idea of video graves back in the 1980s... The web memorials are kind of like his idea. As for blogs, it is important to write in universal themes, so that the posts will outlive your useful life :)

CB said...

----Which is why I'm against organ donation. Where I'm going, I'll need all my organs!

Whuh?

Do you have testamentary control over your blog?

A good question--what exactly is the legal setup between blogger and Blogger? Also, I'm curious what would happen if someone were sued (it would probably happen in England) because of what was written in a blog>

Eli Blake said...

It could be used to solve your murder.

Nearly a year ago, Simon Ng made this blog posting in which he said that his sister's former boyfriend was there. It turned out to be his last post, as the boyfriend murdered Simon and later his sister. The boyfriend, Jin Lin, was later convicted of both murders. The identification of Lin as the murderer was directly due to this blog posting, and it was used at the trial to place Lin at the scene of the crime.

The site is still up as a sort of a weird memorial.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Can you write a bloggy epitaph?


"Scroll down for more."

Marghlar said...

I've got to take good care of myself today, because it would be too freaky for this to be the last post!

God willing, I'll make it to Cambridge to blab about blogging.

Carry on!


The weird thing is, that with all the law prof bloggers en route today, the legal blogosphere is eerily silent. It feels damn near post-apocalyptic, for the lowly law blog geeks of the world.

SteveR said...

"we're finally smiling because you were here, not crying because you're gone."

Its easy to be cynical about the whole thing. I have three daughters at home and MySpace is a big deal. A 17 year old girl killed, its good to grieve and move on.

Ann Althouse said...

Hey, I survived flying to Boston.

Blogger, by the way, doesn't let your heirs take over the site. But all you need to do is tell the person you want to take over what your username and password are. You could leave a note somewhere if you don't want to tell them yet.

Jacques Cuze said...

I have to sms a secret code to blogger every 45 minutes, or else it dies.

Nancy said...

How 'bout we call 'em specter spectators?

BrianOfAtlanta said...

Ruth Anne, as an epitaph, *Scroll down for more* has certain, well, destination implications. Or maybe that's just me.

Marghlar said...

How about, "MORE LATER..."