April 11th 2019 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Death Book And The Future Of Social Media –
How do you change…. what the information super highway, has already established?
In many ways recent tech IPO’s (namely Snap Chat and…. blah) have already cashed in under the premise that these, “platforms,” are to remain intact, for some period of time…….
However, is that the reality? Will we be using the same social media platforms… 100 years from now? And… will we as a society be using the same email providers and reading the same news websites, long into the future? Furthermore, when does that change occur, particularly in terms of the business of information and internet technology? And not just news websites, what about pay-per-view content platforms, for example; Disney+, ESPN+, or even Itunes? Can small businesses even compete with these vastly automated platforms? (I personally feel like…. I beat the N.Y. Times staff writers, literally every month and no one even knows who I am.)
Because in the near future…… say 50 years from now, whether most people have moved onto the next platform, or not…… most profiles on Facebook, or Twitter, will have deceased users…….
Now, with that being said, I believe the internet should maintain profiles of the deceased, over the long haul. Nevertheless, is that point controversial? Should it be controversial?….. Because in my view, the only thing that really should be of any debate, as to whether or not to preserve this data, is that perhaps users should be given the option, of allowing their internet profiles to remain online, after their death (posthumously)…. Furthermore, in terms of data storage…. 1 social media user’s profile is usually less than a giga-byte of hard drive space and fairly easily… could be stored for a very long period of time. (I’ve previously written about this topic, in my article: Junk Mail – The Importance Of Preserving The Internet.)
That is to say, this data could be preserved for centuries, or even millennia…. into the future.
IN FACT, that data…. could very easily become a political rallying point, centuries into the future…. This will become particularly critical information when society does evolve and future political debates are relived, especially with specific consequences or specific social changes…. For that reason, in many ways, “these databases of the deceased,” could very well end up being some of the most important political tools of the upcoming millennia…….
Wars could be fought over that data……. needless to say…….. and in war….. that data could be lost….
Still, it seems beyond reproach, at this juncture in history, to delete these profiles from the internet….. regardless of the future political implications, for which that data may influence….. Similarly, it often feels unethical to have 2 billion fake profiles, cluttering the reality of these societies, today.
Furthermore, in this way, studying the lives of the deceased from a, “social level,” might actually help to vastly improve society moving forward…..
When do we as Americans even consider the job statistics of 50 years ago? What if you knew your Grandfather was un-employed for a majority of his life? Wouldn’t you want to know that data? And in turn, this data could help fix these types of issues, generations into the future.
So again, the importance of this data, is almost infinite, in terms of political ramifications….
Now, with that being said, how our society opts to handle the issue of, “deceased social media profiles,” is a topic rarely discussed in America today, with far reaching political implications……
So what do you think? Should, “databases of the deceased,” remain online posthumously? Or… should all of this data be deleted? And should this data be public? Also, how should we protect this data, in terms of the FUTURE CONTROVERSY that it will create, as our society evolves, from century to century?
-William Larsen, Founder of Civilians News