One of my Facebook Friends (Janice Harayda) posted a FB link to a Washington Post story titled "A Facebook story: A mother's joy and a family's sorrow."
Along with the link, Janice implores the Washington Post: "Please don't barge into my Facebook page after I die and annotate my posts (as) you did this poor woman's: http://wapo.st/keepout. The result may be moving, but the technique is morally creepy."
Here's Nieman Storyboard's take on the piece:
Facebook as a narrative
I find nothing creepy about sharing public posts. So many of us are defined by the people we know and love -- in person and online.
While the practice of creating a moving story about a woman's last days using a simple narrative and Facebook comments is hardly new, seeing the Washington Post do so was a bit surprising. Most mainstream media fail to grasp the way social media is enmeshed in people's lives.
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