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Postmortem memory of public figures in news and social media

Robert West, Jure Leskovec, Christopher Potts
2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  
We quantify this phenomenon by tracking mentions of 2,362 public figures in English-language online news and social media (Twitter) 1 y before and after death.  ...  Overall, we illuminate the age-old question of who is remembered by society, and the distinct roles of news and social media in collective memory formation.  ...  Postmortem memory of public figures in news and social media SEs of coefficients are in parentheses. ***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, and *P < 0.05.  ... 
doi:10.1073/pnas.2106152118 pmid:34526401 pmcid:PMC8463883 fatcat:tbfdu53rvva7dgscz22ogvtfye

Post-mortem memory of public figures in news and social media [article]

Robert West, Jure Leskovec, Christopher Potts
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We quantify this phenomenon by tracking mentions of 2,362 public figures in English-language online news and social media (Twitter) one year before and after death.  ...  Overall, we illuminate the age-old question who is remembered by society, and the distinct roles of news and social media in collective memory formation.  ...  ; and Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.  ... 
arXiv:2103.15497v1 fatcat:wraq4vaggnedjjn6un2ujvin64

Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses

Aidan Moir
2017 Canadian Journal of Communication  
a memory that circulates in public discourse to symbolize larger sociopolitical struggles.  ...  Schwartz's framework of the corpus allows her to identify the larger power dynamics embedded within the construction of iconic corpses and the ways in which the image of a deceased public figure creates  ...  Schwartz contends that embalming and postmortem photography are media practices that manipulate time and space, enabling the corpse to play a central role in public discourse that amplifies with the rise  ... 
doi:10.22230/cjc.2017v42n4a3216 fatcat:hksqrpr54rg6tbrb2yfm4qdqyy

The Domestication of Death: The Sequestration Thesis and Domestic Figuration

Liz Stanley, Sue Wise
2011 Sociology  
are both domestic and public (e.g. roadside shrines), and new forms of public commemorations of very private aspects of death (e.g. memorial websites).  ...  Moreover, in Elias’s terms domestic figuration does not ‘link’ private and public, but is a social space and set of social relations in its own right, a liminal contact zone (Pratt 1992) which simultaneously  ... 
doi:10.1177/0038038511416153 fatcat:4b3nujyjxvfntdhvxzqybdymzu

Sharing Small Stories of Life and Death Online: Death-writing of the Moment

Korina Giaxoglou
2019 European journal of life writing  
This article discusses public (and semi-public) reactions to death events attracting media and social media attention, described here as spectacular death sharing online.  ...  This mode of sharing offers a window to broader tensions arising from public displays of emotion and the changing—and often antagonistic—forms of testimony in contemporary networked societies.  ...  This type of comment represents public mourning online and creates social media spectacles of affect with and for networked audiences. eCSTaTiC Sharing of BreaKing neWS STorieS Social media spectacles  ... 
doi:10.21827/ejlw.8.35553 fatcat:pjblwds7bfczjj4wzeg74ehdsi

Legacy Contact

Jed R. Brubaker, Vanessa Callison-Burch
2016 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '16  
However, the social and networked nature of personal data on social media, as well as the memorializing practices in which friends engage, indicate that other approaches are necessary.  ...  of the deceased, and facilitate memorializing practices.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank all of our colleagues at Facebook who contributed to the design, launch, and support of Legacy Contact.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2858036.2858254 dblp:conf/chi/BrubakerC16 fatcat:tl6ykbog3fgjzejq3wvdsa2qge

Contradictory Representations of the Child Figure in the Media: JonBenét Ramsey Murder Case Retellings on YouTube

Sylwia Gryciuk
2021 European Journal of American Studies  
My material and selected methods place my research at an intersection of new media studies, childhood studies, as well as studies on death and memorialization.  ...  Anu Harju adopts a similar perspective in her study on YouTube memorials dedicated to Steve Jobs, arguing that: "[a]lthough social construction of the past and also of emotion is common in memorials of  ... 
doi:10.4000/ejas.16778 fatcat:elgmndsib5cvxadtaeombm6lkm

"We will never forget you [online]"

Jed R. Brubaker, Gillian R. Hayes
2011 Proceedings of the ACM 2011 conference on Computer supported cooperative work - CSCW '11  
We conclude by outlining future directions for research and implications for the understanding and use of social network sites in light of a deeper understanding of post-mortem comments.  ...  A content analysis of comments also reveals hybrid practices that blend existing SNS-based communication patterns with new memorializing practices. 1  ...  We also benefited greatly from discussions with Ellie Harmon, Margarita Rayzberg, Sen Hirano, and members of LUCI.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1958824.1958843 dblp:conf/cscw/BrubakerH11 fatcat:rq3wse6sqrdaznaczmiq2gmeha

Death, Dying and Bereavement in Norway and Sweden in Recent Times

Anders Gustavsson
2015 Humanities  
The choice of this period is motivated by the fact that new national burial laws were adopted in both countries in the early 1990s.  ...  These laws provided the next of kin with the possibility of choosing memorial symbols and inscriptions more freely than had previously been the case.  ...  What differences and similarities can be observed in cemeteries and on memorial websites? What can cause these differences? Do concepts of postmortem existence persist and how are they expressed?  ... 
doi:10.3390/h4020224 fatcat:6qf23rfcpvfzfas5yzapeor34m

Technological taxidermy: Recognisable faces in celebrity deaths

Cath Davies
2010 Mortality  
Using news coverage of George Best"s death in November 2005 and Princess Diana in September 1997, this study highlights an embalming process that is the essence of most media coverage when celebrities  ...  In order to develop these issues, the study will also deconstruct the visibility of the celebrity corpse in the postmortem image of Marilyn Monroe, Diana"s spectral resurrection in the promotional image  ...  Through this visual taxidermy, the star is able to transcend the mortal self and become resurrected in a media afterlife, forever preserved within the realms of the "extraordinary" immortal icon.  ... 
doi:10.1080/13576275.2010.482773 fatcat:rjhnwno2uzbfbbnrjcqtufhc5y

The Police Officer and the Public Inquiry: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Aftermath of Workplace Trauma

Cheryl Regehr, Deane Johanis, Gina Dimitropoulos, Charles Bartram, Gregory Hope
2003 Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention  
Quantitative measures of social support and current level of distress were compared with a sample of paramedics and firefighters matched for traumatic experiences and involvement in postmortem reviews.  ...  Common negative consequences included lack of professional advancement, strained family relations, and inaccurate and sensationalized media attention.  ...  Acknowledgment This research was generously supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  ... 
doi:10.1093/brief-treatment/mhg030 fatcat:uq5e4wudxzdhhcujg4svm3qhzu

Exhuming Dead Persons: Forensic Science and the Making of Post-fascist Publics in Spain

Jonah S. Rubin
2020 Cultural Anthropology  
Absent any official legal framework, I show how Spanish activists train laypersons to recognize the inherent dignity of the dead and see them as potential participants in an alternative democratic public  ...  Departing from popular and scholarly depictions of forensic science, I show that, in post-fascist Spain, the impact of exhumations has little to do with their ability to extract historical information  ...  Memory activists encourage these visits, establishing viewing galleries and discussion spaces in the immediate environs of excavations (see Figure 2) .  ... 
doi:10.14506/ca35.3.01 fatcat:kgaaeawxlrfr3izbyh47vgalyq

Living Memory Home: Understanding Continuing Bond in the Digital Age through Backstage Grieving

Wan-Jou She, Panote Siriaraya, Chee Siang Ang, Holly Gwen Prigerson
2021 Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  
grieving (as opposed to bereavement through digital public space like social media).  ...  As digital technologies have become commonplace, many bereaved people now use social media, personal blogs and other websites to express their feelings and thoughts when they mourn, and wish to memorialize  ...  In the era of social media, what would have been backstage in the past may well become frontstage in forms of (semi) public Twitter or Facebook posts.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3411764.3445336 fatcat:jp4ls7apr5eo3j2fxyebodyps4

"Talking about his dead child, again!" Emotional self-management in relation to online mourning

Tobias Raun
2017 First Monday  
However, these expressions of grief take place within a techno-social space, where one balances on a tight line between an allowed enactment of a private public self and a denigrated enactment of an oversharing  ...  This paper explores a group of Dane's motives for and experiences with using their personal Facebook profile to cope with the death of a close relative, based on extensive semi-structured media-go-along  ...  , afterlife beliefs, personal bereavement and public mourning, human remains in museums, new discourses of spirituality, death in the news media and in online social media.  ... 
doi:10.5210/fm.v22i11.7810 fatcat:4j2jy6as6zacxb2iw3n736x4sm

Quantifying Collective Memories [article]

Cristian Candia
2022 arXiv   pre-print
generate solutions and compromises for contingent and public problems.  ...  Recent literature on computational social science quantifies collective memories using expressions of those memories operationalized as the amount of collective attention focused on specific cultural icons  ...  Also, authors acknowledge the helpful and thorough insights of Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert and Camila Utreras.  ... 
arXiv:2203.05627v1 fatcat:iamp6pipyba7lf46omfs3van7q
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