Ghost The Musical and deathly social media thoughts.


Most of us have seen Ghost, the movie. And we probably all remember predicting Molly, played by Demi Moore, saying that final “ditto” at the end of the movie. Thursday I was invited along with my daughter to experience Ghost The Musical that just debuted on Broadway. I had no idea what to expect in terms of their interpretation of the movie version.

While the plot will familiar, the set design is like nothing you’ve seen before. A small stage is transformed into a three-dimensional experience with Sam amazingly walking through a door. After the show, the cast told us that David Blaine had previewed the show and couldn’t figure out how they had pulled it off of the magic. Dancers spin while parts of the floor move. Mirrored in the background are replica images of the dancers. It’s a collage of different layers of visual images. My favorite character was Oda Mae played by (person) in her debut on Broadway. You should see the show simply because of her and the set design.

The story’s theme concerning the death of loved ones and how hard it is to let them go, got me thinking about friends of mine and how social media has changed even death.

Today, Sam Wheat could have had a tombstone with a QR code displayed on it chronicling his death with much more depth than the usual epitaph. Molly and others could visit his grave and see fond memories of his life displayed on mobile devices.

Online friends of Sam could have first learned of his death through Twitter. I have a friend I’ve only met on Twitter who is part of a group I frequently chat with. About a year ago, she suddenly was absent from the conversation. Well, her young husband had died unexpectedly. I’ve never met this woman in real life, but deeply felt her loss. How do you express proper condolences to someone you’ve never met but only converse with on Twitter? Should I DM her? Do you send virtual flowers? We ended up pooling money, one member of the group researched a company, and we sent food to her home.

And what about Sam’s potential digital footprint that he’s might have left behind? I still get LinkedIn reminders from a former employee who passed away. Do we need to start setting up provisions for our online accounts in the event of our deaths? I believe so. Not only do many of us have Facebook, Twitter and other social networking accounts, we do our banking and have many services on auto-pay.

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