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Self and Its ‘Strategies for Immortality’

  • Yasmin Ibrahim
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Abstract

The online self is one that is acutely aware of the transience of its moral life and its limitations on this earth. Through its disembodied presence online and its ineradicable qualities, the virtual world offers strategies to extend its mortality. Our pull towards the virtual reveals our deep-seated fear of death and the need to place fragments of ourselves to float infinitum as data. Throughout human civilisation, we have sought to retain ourselves on earth through cultural artefacts and, historically, the rich have had more opportunities to do this. The internet, often envisaged as a democratic platform for the masses, offers new ways for recording memory and for renegotiating our ephemeral mortal lives. This chapter discusses our historical anxiety about our morality and mechanisms to sustain our presence in the online environment.

Keywords

Death Immortality Strategies for Mortality Disaster-Selfies Selfies 

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  • Yasmin Ibrahim
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  1. 1.School of Business and ManagementQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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