Five ways that 21st-century technology and interactive media are used to keep alive the memory of Marilyn Monroe:
Twitter: There are several Twitter accounts devoted to Marilyn Monroe, but @MarilynMonroe -- "Tweeting on behalf of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe (MarilynMonroe.com) -- is the most active. Last week, most tweets were about giveaways of the book "Marilyn in Fashion." Tweeted gems include a link to pixel art by Craig Alan (yfrog.com/ocq3abp). The account is maintained by Authentic Brands Group, which owns the rights to all things Marilyn Monroe.
Facebook: The Marilyn Remembered Fan Club has an active site with the stated mission, "Preserving the memory of Marilyn Monroe with dignity and grace since 1982," while facebook.com/MarilynMonroe has more than 3 million likes. The community page "Marilyn Monroe ?" features a profile image of the blond bombshell at the center of a Hollywood "Last Supper."
Online community: ThisIsMarilyn.com, designed to connect fans worldwide, allows members to create blogs and comment on others. It is free, but registration is required.
Video game: "Hard Evidence: The Marilyn Monroe Files" by Perfect Home (Windows XP Home Edition; $30.99). Gamers become investigators -- reporter, D.A., county coroner and police chief -- to examine evidence, including witness testimony and "classified documents" involving the Kennedys and mobsters, and come to their own conclusions about the star's death.
Web of images: Among the YouTube channels devoted to the star is "The Marilyn Monroe Official Channel" by Peter Sneyder (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMarilyn1969monroe). The channel features slide shows of rare photographs set to music, such as a 1956 press conference with Laurence Olivier and Andre DeDienes' "The Army Blanket Photos Sitting 1947." His and other rarely seen photos also can be viewed at immortalmarilyn.com.