Friday, April 09, 2010

Space, Time, and Celebration

Today is my birthday and I've been thinking about the way we celebrate people. When people are alive, we celebrate them in time -- birthdays, anniversaries, and the like. But when people die, we celebrate them in space -- grave sites, accident sites, etc. This flips, however, when the person is famous. Living famous people are celebrated in space -- celebrity homes, places where great feats were accomplished, but famous dead people are celebrated in time, e.g., Washington's birthday.

This seems to be transferring with technology to cyberspace where Facebook allows us to celebrate the birthdays of the living and creates virtual spaces to allow remembrances of those who have passed.