For centuries the relationship between communication technologies and death has inspired all kinds of creative work: technological development, popular fantasies, popular cultural artefacts, death-related practices and academic research.
Contemporary communication technologies and newly emerging practices of use of digital media are no exception.
We've seen recently many popular texts expressing some of these fantasies about digital media and death (think about television series Black Mirror, the movie Transcendence, or the book Kiss Me First - to give a few examples).
At the same time, in recent years there is a growth in the scope and variety of death-related practices online, most seem and are experienced very differently comparing to how they are configured in the popular imagination.
Are digital media changing the way we die? Are they changing the way we mourn and remember? These are some of the questions addressed by scholars studying this newly emerging and fascinating field of death-related digital practices.
What do you think?