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Death and digital media

An afterword
ByMichael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Tamara Kohn, James Meese, Bjorn Nansen

This chapter examines personhood, analyses the ways in which the personhood of the deceased may be variously extended and reconstituted through digital media. It traces the intricate entanglement of death and digital media, highlighting the fluid and shifting nature of both, and suggesting ways in which emergent digital practices can be understood in relation to broader cultural and social changes associated with memorialisation and commemoration. The chapter presents the significant in the dynamics of memorialisation as practiced with diverse media, including the digital. It suggests that temporality is an important factor in engagements with digital media surrounding death. If death decomposes into these differently constituted aspects, which variously align depending on multiple contextual factors, the contemporary uses of digital media have further ramifications in terms of how death gives way to forms of continuity and dynamic ongoing existence for the deceased.