Tech Blog: Final Words or Final Tweets?

November 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Laura Schur

We’ve all wondered what happens when someone passes away, but do you ever wonder what happens to their online self? Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Flickr photos, even blogs- where do the accounts go after we die?

Swedish entrepreneurs Lisa Granberg and Elin Tybring realized that individuals who pass on might not pass on their passwords. According to Granberg, “We want people to be able to take control of their lives online, even after they die.”

So who better than the Swiss to arrive at the idea of a business for storing your secrets and passwords? In 2009, the two women launched MyWebWill.com, which services those who are concerned about their digital afterlife. The service allows administrators to deactivate your Facebook account or forward important account information to a trusted relative. It also has the possibility of posting a final pre-written “Goodbye” blog or sending one last Tweet.

MyWebWill.com has now been launched worldwide, and has an exponentially increasing following. Would I consider doing this? As creepy as it may seem to update my Facebook status one last time, I honestly wish I could think of what would be my last message to the world.

I’m in no rush to die, and in no rush to create my own online will. But should that day come, I thank the Swiss for making my passing-on less painful.

Arts Blog: PostSecret’s Frank Warren hosts PostSecret Community Event on Nov. 11 at UT Arlington

September 29, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kat Garvie

PostSecret Event will be held at University of Texas Arlington, November 11, in the university’s Bluebonnet Ballroom.

 PostSecret Community  is a community where people can send in their original secrets, which some are selected and displayed on the Web site, books, and live events. 

Frank Warren is the founder of PostSecret, encouraging People to send in original pieces of art and secrets which are  inspirational, healing, and give strangers hope in the anonymous community of acceptance.

The story behind the PostSecret Community creation originated when Warren had a dream where he discovered someone else’s postcard left in Paris hotel room. Fascinated with reading an unknown secret, Warren first created his Web site in January, 2005, after experimenting on BlogSpot.

As of today, PostSecret has escalated into a worldwide community, selecting over 2,500 postcards from around to world and United States for display.  The publications of four PostSecret books, all created by mailed-in secrets, will be follwed by a  book number five, Confessions of Life, Death, and God, on October, 6.

Don’t be a stranger, and make your way to Arlington to see what secrets Warren has to share.

Global News Blog: Mexican Journalist Censored by Death

May 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kelsey Howard

On May 3rd, people around the world celebrated Press Freedom Day with the support of the international NGO Reporters Without Borders. Ironically, this same day Mexican journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper was murdered outside his home. Samper was a writer for Tiempo de Durango and had written a few columns criticizing the government. Check out the full article here.

Reporters Without Borders states Mexico is the deadliest place to work in the Americas, as this type of incident has happened many times before. The ability of the government to censor speech in this way is horrific. Even more horrifying is that Mexico is considered a democracy.

While Americans do have limitations on what they can say (hate speech, etc.), it would be very unlikely for the government to seek a journalist or reporter down because of a criticism. It is incredible that even though the technology today has made communication possible with anyone in the world we are still trying to establish governments and political systems that allow us to do the same things.

There are people all over the world that have the ability to transmit their message to anyone in the world they please at the click of a button, but the politicians in power refuse to let them do so. If governments are ashamed to let the world here about the inner workings of their state, there is even more reason to tell the world about their misdoings. People should have a right to challenge the authority if they do not believe they are receiving the best standard of living for any reason without fearing repercussions.