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#funeral

M CARTER, M Gibbs, B Nansen, M Arnold

Selected Papers of Internet Research 15.0: Boundaries and Intersections (IR15) | Association of Internet Researchers | Published : 2014

Abstract

In this paper we highlight preliminary findings from a study at the intersection of Instagram use and funerary practices. This study analyses photographs tagged with “#funeral” and contributes to research into death and digital media by extending the focus from social networking sites such as Facebook to consider the photo-sharing application Instagram, and how different media platforms are connected with the physical event of funerals. By categorizing photos tagged with “#funeral” on Instagram we show how media architecture and use shapes a complex ecology of grieving practices, with distinct differences from practices that have coalesced around other social media platforms. We consider the..

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