Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Internet is Forever...

So, in my e-mail was a LinkedIn update. In amongst the "so-and-so is now connected to [person I've never heard of 'X'], was the "you might know these people".

And William the Coroner was in that group.

It happens with Facebook (and the other social medias that do not require active participation, I am certain); you input information such as birthdays, likes, etc. and it continues forward without end absent input from the original user or their designee. It's the electronic version of Newton's First Law of Motion:
Every status in a social media application tends to remain in that status unless an external edit is applied to it.
It's jarring; not that we forget about those we've lost, but that the pain of their loss becomes secondary to the immediate things in life over time. Little things like a birthday reminder for someone that will never grow older or an invitation to invite someone who has retired, permanently, into your professional circle serve as reminders that even though we are transient creatures, the internet that Al Gore created moves ever onward.

In a way, it's a perpetual motion device, powered by electrons and keyboards.

That is all.


North said...

I did a search for something (specifics are not important) and found that the information I was looking for was written by a friend from 10 years ago. I had lost contact with him and missed him. I was tickled to see a familiar face "out there" in the wilds of the internet.

I clicked to get to his web page. Right there at the top was a notification about his funeral from only a month or so earlier.

Dave H said...

I've had my share of those moments. Like cleaning out some folders in an old email program and finding a message I'd never seen from my wife, sent six months before she passed away. (It was just something trivial, so there was no "I wish I had known" regret. It made for a nice memory.)