Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on November 25th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Death. What impact has the internet had on death? Well, that’s more or less the question a new 50-minute Dutch made-for-TV film called “Necrocam” seeks to answer. Mourning Becomes Electronic: A Final Webcast Place takes a look at the film, which tells the story of a group of teenaged friends who pledge to put a webcam inside a coffin. The NY Times article also describes the real-life inspiration for the film (“Mom, when I die, I want a Webcam in my coffin, and I’m serious about it.”), the technical details (the screenwriter received a grant from the Amsterdam Art Foundation to study the feasibility of installing a Webcam in a coffin), the legalities, and just the entertainment value of it all. … One interesting and perhaps obscure point the article raised (almost off-handedly): the growing adoption among funeral homes to add webcasting – so that friends and relatives afield could still “attend” – to their portfolio of services.

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