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Carolyn Parry

University Careers Coach and Lecturer, Aberystwyth University

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Does this enable expertise and knowledge to be retained rather than lost after death?

We all talk about the knowledge/wisdom lost when someone dies. Could this analysis provide a way of extrapolating knowledge and wisdom, assuming that the analysis can find a way to discriminate between meaningful and non meaningful content?
Doesn't it also reinforce the need to consider what we send out in this almost random splattering of ideas/stream of consciousness (or unconsciousness!) from a digital legacy perspective rather than a 5pm on Wednesday perspective?

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  • Mike L

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    Aug 2 2011: Well, if come to think of it. Allowing digital media to contain pictures, comments, videos, etc of a person may allow the wisdom and knowledge of the deceased to be retained (as similar as preserving Shakespeare's literary works in a museum). But looking at the deceased’s standpoint, it may be fair to say that maybe some of the deceased’s biggest failures (assuming that the people close to him regard it as an utter failure) might have been a great achievement to the deceased. But with the knowledge and wisdom of a dead individual, some (or even most to some!) of the knowledge/wisdom may have not been in a proper format to be transferred onto the digital media, because some of the deceased’s knowledge and wisdom may have been uttered by the individual before his/her death.
    As with humans, we tend not to think a lot of life’s purpose/meaning and death at a young age (but of course, there are a minority of those who do) until at an age where death is usually common (middle-age for some, and elderly for others). But preserving a digital legacy is fairly new, as oppose to biographies which are much more common (and are fairly old). Should the need to reinforce digital legacies becomes popular among people, this may lead to the decline of biographies (in the form of print media), as similar as the introduction of information in the form of digital media had on its print counter-part. It may be fair to conclude that as we embrace more and more new traditions (digital legacies), we may have suppressed older traditions (biographies).
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      Aug 2 2011: Our digital interactions is the transmission or mirror of our real human interactions, therefore we not only leave a digital legacy but also an impriint in our consciousness in the dynamics that we call "memes" or simply family traditions and the like.

      It's one of the basis of our human progress and its been present in early times. Today the speed of information also demand the speed of our consciousness to be accelerated in strenghtening our relationships and move our power to understand and care for our family and global family. http://Bit.Ly/ThePowerInfo