Chatter Box

Saturday, September 25, 2004
An American inventor has come up with the ingenious but somewhat creepy idea of installing video screens in tomb stones, thereby allowing mourners to replay fond memories of a dead relative, watch recorded video diaries from the deceased, or perhaps resolve some unfinished business with that bastard brother-in-law.

However, I'm a bit uneasy about resurrecting the dead in the form of a computer monitor; because, as lovely as it would be to enjoy the virtual presence of a dead person, I can't say I'm entirely comfortable with the notion of turning graveyards into high-tech media centers and tombstones into macabre jukeboxes.

Besides, one of the advantages of death is that it finally forces people to lie down and shut up.

See also:
Web site offers after-death e-mail