As a child, every Sunday, I would eagerly read the obituary pages. I was fascinated by both the scant language and brief details that were used to describe a life and how in some ways an obituary represented the last public appearance of an individual.
As I have gotten older my interest in obituaries has continued.
Obituaries now exist both online and in print and this move to a networked environment raises some interesting questions.
What does it mean to have a web presence after we have departed? Can the internet in someway represent a man made afterlife? Is it possible for there to be ghosts on the internet? If we consider a ghost to be a trace of a person, incomplete but retaining some form or impression of one's former self then can one's web presence in the form of an online obituary be used to represent this specter?