L'autre par ses traces : les personnes endeuillées vis-à-vis des archives numériques de la personne décédée

Authors: Blouin, Thomas
Advisor: Pastinelli, Madeleine
Abstract: The increasing importance of digital technologies in our lives has lead to a new kind of materialisation of social life rather than to its dematerialisation. What was once ephemeral or perceived by few only has now the possibility to become at any moment “objective” through devices, involved in displaying and archiving evidence of fleeting instants. Our daily use of digital technologies produces a myriad of digital data disposed to become traces of the Self. Thinking this possibility of exploring these traces now conceived as “objective” along with what has been qualified as the “intimisation” of death rituals, I was concerned about the use of the deceased’s digital footprint by their relative or friend. In order to do so, I have conducted 16 interviews with people who had to interact with a close deceased’s digital data and devices. If some interviewees ignored or saw no interest in this footprint, most of them found the possibility to extend, perhaps even modify and shape again the relationship with the deceased. Others were peculiarly cautious, trying to avoid finding information that could reactivate memories that might sadden them or lead them to an unexpected reality. People refrain the browsing of what might appear as incoherent with the relationship one has had with the deceased; therefore they cultivate the image of the deceased that is in line with their memories. They balance between trying to leave to the deceased what might be part of its intimacy and using these data and devices to give, beyond death, shape and consistency to a personal and positive image of the deceased.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 12 January 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/33140
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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