Alyssa Evanowsky
Social Death

Our digital lives run alongside our real lives up until our death. Death can come at any moment, transforming our digital world into what we now know as a digital memorial.

Today, grieving is a collective occurrence rather than a solo ritual. In a sense, everyone can attend the “funeral” since it is public to the world via social media. Therefore one can ask, how is death seen today in our digital world? Social media can be categorized as a memorial site, thus calling it a “digital tombstone.” Is this good, bad, or just a new thing we are unconsciously adapting to?

Alyssa’s interest in this topic was sparked after Kobe Bryant passed away in a terrible accident. Alyssa first discovered a huge fan base commenting and sharing pictures of Kobe, knowing that Kobe himself would never see these. It opened up the idea of how one’s social media platform can become a place for someone today to celebrate those that have passed and keep revisiting for years.

A platform like Instagram can be more important than a physical grave therefore showing the progression of how death is celebrated today. Digital memorials are more meaningful than the physical site and objects themselves in that it can feel more real in capturing who that person was in their lifetime.

Alyssa Evanowsky
Alyssa Evanowsky is graphic designer and photographer, originally from Upstate New York. She specializes in illustration, branding and identity, packaging, internet marketing, and portrait photography. Design is all about creating for the future and solving complex challenges. She values being creative and an outward thinker, who strives to create the best work possible.

Outside of the design world, Alyssa enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and cooking pescetarian food.

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