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Remembering Through Facebook: Mediated Memory and Intimate Digital Traces


Robards, B and Lincoln, S and Pinkard, BC and Harris, J, Remembering Through Facebook: Mediated Memory and Intimate Digital Traces, Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media, Palgrave Macmillan, AS Dobson, B Robards, N Carah (ed), Switzerland, pp. 75-92. ISBN 978-3-319-97606-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-97607-5


Brady sat across from Sarah (28), interviewing her in her kitchen in a regional town in Tasmania, an island state off the south coast of Australia. The interview was about Facebook use over time among people in their 20s, but before the interview even began in earnest, Brady and Sarah were talking about Sarahís home and her family. Sarahís dog was jumping up on Brady at the time, and they started talking about when Sarah first got the dog a year earlier. Sarah instinctively and unprompted reached for her phone, and scrolled back through Facebook, to show Brady photos of the dog as a puppy. Although we didnít realise it at the time, Sarahís instinctive reaching for Facebook as a memory prompt, and the performative act of showing, would come to serve as a good illustration for a key finding in our research: that Facebook has come to serve as not just an archive of digital traces of life, but also as a prompt for deeper and shared memory-work.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Facebook, mediated memory, digital, intimate, publics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Robards, B (Dr Brady Robards)
UTAS Author:Pinkard, BC (Mr Ben Pinkard)
ID Code:130171
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-14
Last Modified:2019-03-04

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