I called mom to see what time I needed to be at her house for a doctor’s appt tomorrow and we were talking about last minute details and scheduling issues, when she asked me if I knew a cousin was in the hospital with an aneurysm. No, I replied I hadn’t heard. How would I? Well, seems he’d announced it on Facebook. My cousins are big on Facebook, I haven’t yet seen what all the hoopla is about. But apparently one of my cousins Mom sees had read it on Facebook and told her and she assumed I had read it on Facebook. Since I hadn’t, I was glad she told me, but it got me to wondering…
In the last two weeks I have heard of people…
announcing their divorce on Facebook
quitting a job on Facebook
telling family of upcoming surgeries on Facebook
sharing pictures of camps and new babies
Is the wave of the future going to be streaming video of weddings and funerals where I can go and watch uncle John’s funeral at my leisure on Facebook? No need to get dressed up and drive for hours to meet a pre-appointed time to mourn the dear departed. I will just go to my computer, and watch the video of the widow as she cries in front of the casket. Then the minister will have his say, and then their will be flyover video ala-OJ of the ride to the cemetery where we will have our choice of watching the full burial or just the body being lowered into the ground. Then we will be able to leave virtual flowers at the gravesite.
In between Yoville and Mofiawars, I can surf between one virtual funeral to the next. I can leave comments, virtual flowers, or virtual stuffed animals. I can tag the deceased in one of my pictures from high school.
You think it’s a little far fetched, but I betcha somebodies already done it. We just haven’t seen the video on Youtube yet.