Thursday, November 09, 2006

MyDeathSpace ?

I’m going to have to think about this site for a bit before I can decide what I really think about it. MyDeathSpace catalogs the deaths of individuals with MySpace postings. (MyDeathSpace is not affiliated with or condoned by MySpace.) You see postings about young people victims of homicides, suicides, and accidents. It is “compelling” to see all of these deaths of young people brought together and laid bare.

I’m really unsure about the “death map” feature (“to find deaths in your area”).

I don’t know. Will the postings have some affect on others? Will it cause pause for other young people and get them to reevaluate choices they are making or chances that they are taking? Is it merely voyeurism? Is it a part of “new online/virtual culture”? I don’t know.

This site is unlike other sites in that the postings most often occur without input from family and friends of the decedent, making it different than some others that are online memorial sites.

I don’t know. I’m not sure what I think about it.

I will look at some of the online memorial sites and post about them soon.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting site. The percentage of automobile accident deaths is amazingly high. Very sad to think the majority of those deaths are probably preventable. I think this site may be able to do some good at getting the word out about how dangerous a car can be if the driver is not a responsible person.

Anonymous said...

Yet at the same time, they are making fun of the teenagers who died and insult the parents.

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