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Death tourism, Auschwitz selfies, and online souvenirs


Blackwood, G, Death tourism, Auschwitz selfies, and online souvenirs, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, 24 July (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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Ouch. I think my entire body physically cringed when I came across the latest story of a misjudged tweet gone viral this week: the case of Breanna Mitchell, the naÔve teenager and self-styled "Princess" who posted a selfie of herself smiling at Auschwitz concentration camp. In the tweet we see a carefully framed photograph in the middle of the street, with obvious attention taken to put the buildings at the back into the correct perspective, full marks too for the application of the rule of thirds. But Ö what could be more universally damning than a narcissistic selfie at a place notorious for genocide? And worse, an accompanying emoticon of a smugly grinning, blushing smiley face. What was the girl thinking? Letís try to work it out.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:dark tourism, tourism, heritage, social media, selfie, online identity
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Visual communication
UTAS Author:Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:135869
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2019-11-21

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