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Death & online communities

2008-02-12 15:17:04.111093+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Many folks have mused on how virtual relationships have dramatically changed our reactions to things like death. What does it mean when, for instance, a semi-anonymous blogger whose writing we've enjoyed stops posting? Is that a virtual death, a real death, or will we ever know? Two reactions to deaths of members of online communities:

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-12 16:01:01.619975+00 by: ebradway

I'll have to see if there's anyone in the ATLAS program studying this. I know there was a PhD student (she on the left in the picture on the linked page) in my research design class last year who was studying online response to disasters. She took off for Virginia Tech at the end of the semester and I haven't seen her since.

Personally, my most marked online community experience was posting to the Porsche 911 owners group on Pelican Parts' website on the morning of September 11, 2001. The posting started with "are you going on a special drive today for 911 day?" but took a very different turn.

I haven't been over to Pelican Parts in a while and it appears that Warren Hall passed away. I remember Warren well from the forum.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-12 19:14:28.98704+00 by: markd

Over in the ClanLord forum, a somewhat unpopular individual faked his own death. Didn't take too long for the usual forum denizens to find him out. It was overall really weird.