Who Will Tend Your Memory on Facebook?

A couple of years ago at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, I met a guy in a superhero costume promoting his start-up, which he cheekily called Dead Social. His company’s mission statement: “Prepare for a Digital Death and Build Your Digital Legacy.” Start-up founder James Norris was onto something then, and Facebook this week joined digital giants Google and Apple in acknowledging that questions of what to do with your digital persona after death now loom large …

Life After Death: Fad or Final Destination?

The afterlife is a topic that just won’t die. Proof of Heaven, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s account of what he saw while he was “brain dead” in a hospital, is at this moment No. 1 on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list. And Heaven is for Real, a young boy’s recollections of his experiences when he “died” following an appendicitis attack, sits at No. 8 (it’s been on the list for 122 weeks which is, in book terms, its …