Friday, March 04, 2005

Virtual memorial services

Macintosh pioneer Jef Raskin passed away recently, for those who didn't know. Rich Ord has an interesting article at Web Pro News about it, and about the myriad of tech bloggers who wrote their own memorials for Mr. Raskin at their own pages. In effect, he argues, it creates a form of decentralized, virtual memorial service, with people around the world logging in their own two cents about Mr. Raskin's importance to computing, and a place like Google able to aggregate them all for anyone interested in a complex picture of the man. Mr. Ord links to a huge sampling of them in his article, and runs various quotes from them illustrating his point.