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Remembering Through Facebook: Mediated Memory and Intimate Digital Traces

Robards, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5031-1235, Lincoln, S, Pinkard, BC and Harris, J 2018 , 'Remembering Through Facebook: Mediated Memory and Intimate Digital Traces', in AS Dobson and B Robards and N Carah (eds.), Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media , Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 75-92.

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Abstract

Brady sat across from Sarah (28), interviewing her in her kitchen ina regional town in Tasmania, an island state off the south coast ofAustralia. The interview was about Facebook use over time among people in their 20s, but before the interview even began in earnest, Bradyand Sarah were talking about Sarah’s home and her family. Sarah’s dog was jumping up on Brady at the time, and they started talkingabout when Sarah first got the dog a year earlier. Sarah instinctivelyand unprompted reached for her phone, and scrolled back throughFacebook, to show Brady photos of the dog as a puppy. Although wedidn’t realise it at the time, Sarah’s instinctive reaching for Facebook asa memory prompt, and the performative act of showing, would cometo serve as a good illustration for a key finding in our research: thatFacebook 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 Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Robards, B and Lincoln, S and Pinkard, BC and Harris, J
Keywords: Facebook, mediated memory, digital, intimate, publics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-97607-5
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Copyright 2018 The Authors

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