“Soaked in Bleach” is the docudrama retelling of Tom Grant’s investigation into the disappearance (and ultimately the suspicious death) of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Grant was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband just days… Read more »
I woke up this morning to the social media onslaught: David Bowie, the British musician/actor/icon of coolness died at the age of 69. First Lemmy, now Ziggy?! It’s a crap start to a new year for music fans. Bowie’s death… Read more »
The obits for Lou Reed, who died yesterday at the age of 71, reference the man as an avante-garde rock-and-roll poet, which is the least one could say. He was a true artist. His work wasn’t easy or accessible, or… Read more »
Roger Ebert wasn’t the reason I wanted to become a film critic, but he certainly fanned the flames of passion that I still have for the movie industry. The spirited debates Ebert and fellow critic Gene Siskel (who died in… Read more »
Should a person’s Facebook account be closed when he or she dies? If not, would you want to “hear” from a recently deceased user? From Sunday’s New York Times:
Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, knows a lot about its roughly 500 million members. Its software is quick to offer helpful nudges about things like imminent birthdays and friends you have not contacted in a while. But the company has had trouble automating the task of figuring out when one of its users has died.
That can lead to some disturbing or just plain weird moments for Facebook users as the site keeps on shuffling a dead friend through its social algorithms. Facebook says it has been grappling with how to handle the ghosts in its machine but acknowledges that it has not found a good solution.
As Facebook grows ever more popular, it’s interesting how the issues get more complicated. I wonder if someday soon people will begin acknowledging social media “property” in wills.