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Construire notre éternité ? : pourquoi laisser des traces numériques ?

Abstract : Why do digital users leave traces when they know that this information can be used to assess and influence their behavior ? From a theoretical point of view, we have considered traces as transitional instruments, carrying what the subject projects into them but also the patterns that he mobilizes. After having questioned the concepts of trace and double, we came to a threefold conclusion. First of all, the traces have several characteristics of the sacred : thus, the use of the traces which can be made for oracular purposes relates to the sacred ; then the digital trace can be perceived as a conservation contract between an Internet user and one or more publication platforms : certain Internet platforms now play on this conservation register and highlight it, explicitly or not, in their communication with their subscribers ; finally, the double does not exist but makes us feel what is not. We therefore hypothesized that a certain number of Internet users, more or less consciously, seem to register on the Web to aim for a certain dimension of permanence, including beyond their own existence. To validate this hypothesis, we interviewed users of a social networking service (SNS). These interviews show that this SNS is seen as a tool for managing "distances", including our distance to death. As our hypothesis seemed to be confirmed, we wondered if the promise of eternity formulated by certain SNSs could constitute one of the reasons for committing a radical act.
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Jacques Henno. Construire notre éternité ? : pourquoi laisser des traces numériques ?. Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Université Rennes 2, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021REN20001⟩. ⟨tel-03217687⟩



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