Static Glow

Samson, Audrey and Tobias Schäfer, Mirko. 2018. Static Glow. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 407-411. ISBN 9781350030244 [Book Section]

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Static Glow refers to the phenomenon by which data persists in the network long after the person it relates to is dead. Such as the so-called Facebook ‘ghost profiles’; accounts owned by the deceased that continue to appear in ‘Friends’, ‘Suggestions’, and somewhat more disturbingly, ‘Birthday reminders’.
Example: Her static glow still lingers after 4 years.
This article discusses the historical context of static glow, as well as its current and future significance.

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Static glow, Datafication, Afterlife, Social media, Death online studies, Posthumous-agents, Necro-financialisation

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22 February 2018Published

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09 Dec 2019 16:08

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12 Jun 2021 14:38


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