Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-3-2013

Publication Source

The Information Society

Volume

29

Issue

3

DOI

10.1080/01972243.2013.777311

Abstract

This article analyzes comments posted in response to articles and blog posts discussing Facebook's policies on the pages of deceased site members. These virtual discourses reflect the sociocultural importance of social media policies in everyday life that is increasingly a blend of online and offline interaction. The analysis reveals themes of contested ownership of online identities, resistance to unilateral institutional policies, and social media site users’ complex relationship to the preservation of virtual content. As a still-evolving phenomenon, virtual grief elucidates wider cultural trends at work in the construction of identity and community online.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Information Society on May 3, 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01972243.2013.777311.

Comments

At the time of publication, author Jessa Lingel was affiliated with Rutgers University. Currently, she is a faculty member at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Keywords

online grief, bereavement, memorial, Facebook, SNS, social media, policy

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Date Posted:09 July 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.