We live our lives online. Baby photos are uploaded, homework is emailed in, long lost friends are found via social media and we meet our future mates through online services. In nearly every field the web has revolutionized how work is done. We are memorialized online too; obituaries are posted and even funeral services can now be streamed. And we leave behind a digital legacy of all the online accounts we maintained in our lifetimes. We are now in the age of Digital Dying.
This blog explores trends in death and the industries it touches, examines perceptions and practices regarding dying, both past and present and also looks at the living, and how we anticipate, recover from and are even inspired by death.
For over 5 years Digital Dying was written exclusively by Justin Nobel, who also writes about science and culture for various magazines. A story of his entitled the “Last Inuit of Quebec” was published in Best American Travel Writing 2011 and his article about fire ants invading the American South was published in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. His work has also been published in the Chicago Tribune, Audubon, and Gourmet.com. Justin is now a part-time contributor to Digital Dying and is currently working on a project to document lifestyles and culture in places along the southeast coast of the U.S. threatened by rising seas. For updates follow Justin on Twitter @JustinNobel, his Facebook page or his website at www.justinnobel.com.