Digital death: What role does digital information play in the way we are (Re)membered?

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


External departments

  • Goldsmiths, University of London


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Identity and Social Media
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781466619166
ISBN (Print)9781466619159
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Within this chapter, the authors consider the emergence of new cultures and practices surrounding death and identity in the digital world. This includes a range of theory-based discussions, considering how we remember and document the absence of information and how communities and individuals deal with the virtual identities of their loved ones after death. This highlights the evolvement of digital practices in relation to public grief and the building of public (communal) identity, including the impact of digital recording and sharing of ones identity(s). Furthermore, the chapter stresses the relevance of the mediation of memory, discussing how mediation impacts one's own identity and the communal cultural identity of society at large. Finally, the chapter concludes by considering what role personal choice plays in the way we deal with digital data, and more widely, our digital selves after death.