january 27, 2012.
it is with great regret that i, shirou, announce the indefinite inactivity of this blog. in hindsight, i should have announced it much earlier. but with the increasing responsibilities of becoming a junior, and much more so as a junior off his junior term abroad, i realized that i won’t be able to open this blog as much as i originally wanted to. but the reason i’m still announcing it anyway instead of just leaving this multiply site out to rot is firstly, to announce where i’m most likely going to continue the stuff i’ve put up here for more than four years, and secondly, to send this blog off with a few final musings of my own.
first off. i still have no idea where to settle at for my new home on the net. i’m considering wordpress, but that will have to wait for now. at the moment, the closest thing that will be closest to nostatic.multiply.com would be my tumblr, keepyourselfalive.tumblr.com. it’s also not as filled as this one, i know, but i’m doing my best to continue on musing.
and lastly. not that i have been problem-free at all in the past few months. aside from my hong kong trip, there’s still this sem. there’s my adventures in the classes of the legendary ateneo professor himself, father dacanay. there’s philo. there’s all my other majors ganging up on me. someday, everything will be back to normal though. soon enough.
this site has decided to die on a lot occasions now, announced or unannounced, for a lot of reasons. and maybe, this post might just decide to show up. maybe that’s when i’m back. i don’t know, i can’t tell. the death of this blog is a really fickle thing indeed.
january 27, 2012.
|—||Woody Allen (via philphys)|
Three dimensions regarding digital death were identified.
First dimension (D1) deals with the death of a living being. The death of a human begs the question: what happens to the mass of digital information left behind? Are there parts of the information space one would like to ‘leave’ to loved ones, for example photos or financial information. In addition, one must question whether there are any parts of the information space that one would want to ‘die’ with them. An equally important aspect of human death is the grieving process and whether the ritual of death is more important, or as important, as the dead body. If this is the case then can virtualization of death rituals assist in the grieving process? One can perhaps get a feeling of this process by wondering into a graveyard in Second Life.
Second dimension (D2) deals with the death of digital information. The death of information itself is also to be considered when your digital information dies before you. For example, the death of a person’s personal computer or hard disk. How does this ‘loss’ of a personal computer or hard disk affect people? This directly relates to how much information was lost and to how important and/or personal the information was. Another form of ‘information death’ is when a system progresses or technology advances and your information is left in a format that cannot be read, for example the move from floppy disk to CD. This information is then lost or ‘dead.’ Note that the preservation of digital material is a current worldwide concern.
Third dimension (D3) deals with immortality of digital information and the need to engineer its death. Digital information can be immortal, because anything you write in the virtual world remains. If it remains in circulation, your ‘bits’ will remain forever. However, this can also cause problems as there are an increasing number of people placing information online, 5 every day and this information remains forever, even after someone has died And we are only at the infancy of the Digital Era! If this trend continues we will soon be buried in graveyards of ‘dead’ personal information.
From DigitalDeath.eu, a site inspired by the 2009 paper, “Digital Death” (full text) by researchers in the Design Department at Goldsmiths (University of London) and the Department of Social & Political Sciences (University of Cyprus):
S. Pitsillides,S. Katsikides, M. Conreen. (2009). Digital Death, “Images of Virtuality: Conceptualizations and Applications in Everyday Life”, An IFIP WG9.5 “Virtuality and Society” International Workshop, April 23-24, Athens, Greece.
down with the capitalist bulbasaur/charmander/squirtle holders! #occupypallettown
from 24 October 2011.