Digital Ghosts

Maria Bustillos contemplates online life after death:

DespairThere is an Uncanny Valley aspect to these messages from beyond the grave, just as there is in a particularly lifelike, formal Victorian funeral portrait. They are lifelike, they may look or even sound and move just like a living person, but they are not life, and the almost-lifeness of them is entirely unsettling. Some may find comfort in holding onto these images and last ideas of those who have left us, but for me, they cause more confusion than clarity, and more pain than pleasure, for the very reason that they are so all-but-real.

(Image from the tumblr Screenshots of Despair)