Author: Justin Cook

Justin is a current PhD candidate in Rhetoric at Texas Woman's University. His work focuses on corpses as rhetorical agents via a material-semiotic lens and memorialization practices as rhetorical acts that impact that agency.

Content warning: This post will explore topics relating to anti-queer violence and death. In Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age, we see an interestingly multimodal argument for agency beyond the grave. Since, “digital technologies are increasingly intertwined with physical environments” (p. 111) myriad technologies  are offering an embodied mourning experience. Living Headstones allow for QR codes to be embedded in the gravestone which then direct mourners to a website containing biographical information compiled by the deceased prior to death. Catacombo systems even allow for music to be played inside the coffin by the living who create playlists…

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