For Memorial Day: Controversies about Video Tombstones and Video Memorials online
Video tombstones and video memorials online will have a tremendous impact on many aspects of society. They will also create a lot of controversies and some very interesting Free Speech issues. And, what would you say from your own video tombstone?
AND WHAT WOULD YOU RECORD FOR A VIDEO TOMBSTONE OR A VIDEO MEMORIAL ONLINE IF YOU STARTED RECORDING IT TODAY?
YOU NOW HAVE AN INTERESTING CHOICE OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR YOUR DIGITAL AFTERLIFE.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGIES YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM:
1) VIDEO TOMBSTONES: You can see more about a video tombstone called The Video Enhanced Gravemarker (U.S. Patent #7,089,495) at www.barrows.com/
2) ONLINE MEMORIALS on a variety of websites
3) VIRTUAL CEMETERIES on a variety of websites
4) WITH A QR CODE ON YOUR TOMBSTONE that people can scan with a cell phone and be connected to a website featuring anything you wanted to say
5) OR, WOULD YOU JUST PREFER A SIMPLE TOMBSTONE OR CREMATION URN with just a brief epitaph on it?
SO, HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?
Memorial Day is coming soon, and imagine the stories we might hear about life and love and death and war if many of those tombstones were video tombstones?
And imagine some of the controversies that might arise "from beyond the grave" depending on what people might say from their video tombstone or their video memorial online.
"In addition to changing the way that history is told, video tombstones and all kinds of online video memorials might also create a tremendous amount of controversy and some very interesting free speech issues because who knows what kinds of things people might say from their video tombstone...and will it be truth or lies?" asks Robert Barrows of San Mateo, California.
Barrows is the inventor of a video tombstone called the Video Enhanced Gravemarker (U.S. Patent #7,089,495). You can see more about the Video Enhanced Gravemarker at www.barrows.com/
..."And imagine if you were walking through a cemetery filled with video tombstones and some of the tombstones were saying things that were true or untrue or not so nice about you?
..."You thought 'Dead Men tell no tales'...well, not anymore, says Barrows. Once video tombstones start popping up in cemeteries on a regular basis, and now that there are numerous virtual cemeteries online and tombstones with QR codes on them that you can scan with a cell phone and connect to a website...soon you will be able to listen to all kinds of intimate secret confessions, as told from beyond the grave, through video tombstones and online technology."
...And what if some of those intimate confessions are about you?
HERE ARE SOME OF THE FREE SPEECH ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE FROM VIDEO TOMBSTONES AND VIDEO MEMORIALS ONLINE:
1) What if someone confesses to a crime or makes an incrimination?
2) What if they say something slanderous?
3) What if they say something that causes emotional stress?
4) What if they say something anti-governmental?
5) What if they leak state secrets?
*Do the dead have free speech rights, too?
6) And what can you do if they say something that is true or untrue or not so nice about you?
*How can you pull the plug and whom can you sue?
*Worse yet, how can you collect?
"With these kinds of free speech issues, video tombstones could create some very interesting free speech cases that could go all the way to the Supreme Court" says Barrows.
VIDEO TOMBSTONES WILL ALSO HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON MANY ASPECTS OF SOCIETY:
1) Video tombstones will change the way we look at life and death.
2) Video tombstones will change the way that history is told.
3) The advent of the video tombstone will also create some changes in estate law so that people may have to specify that "Yes, they do want a video tombstone, or No, they do not want a video tombstone."
4) Video tombstones will also make cemeteries fascinating places to visit.
5) Video tombstones will also create two new industries:
A) Manufacturing video tombstones
B) Producing videos for use in video tombstones
6) Video tombstones will also create some major new revenue opportunities for many sectors of the funerary industry including monument builders, funeral homes, cemeteries and perpetual care fund providers.
7) PLUS, video tombstones will also create a whole new genre of storytelling, perfect for movies, books and TV because the video tombstone is an ideal storytelling device for all kinds of stories.
Along these lines, Barrows also wrote a novel based on stories told through video tombstones. The book is called "Cemetery of Lies." "Cemetery of Lies" is a collection of intimate secret confessions, as told from beyond the grave, through video tombstones. "The stories are about life and love, sex and romance, good and evil, success and money, truth and lies and Heaven and Hell, says Barrows. And...Cemetery of Lies is an easy read for a mass audience and the writing is sexy, provocative and humorous, too." You can see more about Cemetery of Lies at www.barrows.com/
AND...WHAT WOULD YOU RECORD FOR YOUR VIDEO TOMBSTONE IF YOU STARTED RECORDING IT TODAY?
Before you start recording...First, let's get the lighting and the sound right, and then...check your wardrobe, your hair and makeup...and then..."Lights, Camera, Action!" And don't worry, you can always edit out anything you don't think you should say."
For more information, contact Robert Barrows at R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising and Public Relations in San Mateo, California at 650-344-4405, www.barrows.com