Chapter 5. The Value of Digital Things

Let’s face it: Death and digital legacy are not the easiest things to discuss at a cocktail party. We’ve been there. People often shrug off the conversation, and say they don’t care about their digital legacy, because they’ll be dead. So, why does it matter? Consider this: Why do you bother making and collecting digital things? If you don’t care about them, why create them in the first place?

Maybe you believe that some things are truly ephemeral and that their value doesn’t extend past their immediate use, like a quick message that you’re running late. But we believe that most things you do online are valuable, even if you don’t think so at the time. If you use Facebook, it’s probably because you find ...

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