The Adventures of Cindy Li
A Farewell to my friend, Philip Kim in the digital age
July 8 , 2009
Once upon a time…
I received a phone call that no one ever wants to get. It’s taken me a while to write this post because it was about someone dear to me. I’ve started a few times to write this but could never finish. My friend Philip Kim passed away on March 12, 2009; he was 40. I found out while I was at SXSWi, this past march.
Technology has changed the way we send and share information. My friend, Chris first tried to call but since it was during a conference session my iPhone was on vibrate. I texted him and he texted “call me.” I knew something was wrong. There was just something that didn’t felt right. Chris knew I was at SXSWi and he knew I would be busy. Chris had called a friend (because he found out about Philip’s passing while on the way to a hiking trip) to check on the SXSWi speaker schedule online to make sure I wasn’t speaking that day. This was a good thing because as soon as Chris told me I couldn’t stop the tears from falling. I was in the midst of helping Jared Spool clean up after his presentation and had to run into the hallway to find a wall to hold me up. I wanted to hide and run far away from the crowds at SXSWi. I had 24 hours to get myself composed enough to deal with people, in case anyone wondered why I wasn’t really around or a bit distant; I was mourning. I wanted to let people know but I didn’t want to twitter about Philip’s passing. Chris was worried I’d find out via Facebook or Twitter. Learning about something so personal to me virally is not a positive product of social networking.
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