The digital beyond and the meaning of Tucson

    If you died next week, what would become of all the stuff in your Facebook account, your Yahoo e-mail, or the photos you have on Flickr? Would your loved ones get access to that material? Would you want them to?

    If those questions sound familiar, it’s because I wrote those very words last week, went Fresh Air planned to air my interview with Evan Carroll and John Romano, two technology geeks who’ve written a book called Your Digital Afterlife.

    That broadcast was postponed, but my boys are on today, telling you that you need to name a digital executor, and describing companies already offering services in the field, like DigitalEstateServices.com.

    You can hear the show at 3 and 7 p.m. on 91FM. If you’re outside the Philly area, find a station here.

    Also, as the nation begins to talk about whether extremist political rhetoric is in part responsible for tragedies like the Tucson shooting, I recommend our own Dick Polman and Chris Satullo on Newsworks today, who have sharply differing but well-argued points of view.

    Also, for an interesting and even-handed take on what this means for Sarah Palin, I recommend Jonathan Martin’s piece on Politico.com.

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